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Travel To The United Kingdom

Purpose Of Visit Work Tier 2


Required Items/Steps Checklist

No visa required for US Citizens for a stay up to 6 months.

All documents submitted for UK work visa applications must be original.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s).

British Visa Application Form:

One visa application form per applicant. Please note: The Consulate of the United Kingdom has introduced a web-based visa application form. Applicants must follow the step by step instructions and pay visas fees online.

Important Information:

Upon completion of the application form, the applicant will be prompted to schedule an appointment to submit biometric information. This biometric information consists of scans of all 10 fingers and a full-face digital photograph. The visa application must be submitted no earlier than 24-36 hours after and no later than 2 weeks after biometric submission.


From March 27th 2015, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will be making changes to the visa application process for children under the age of 5 years applying from within the USA. Children in this category will now be required to attend a biometric appointment to have their photograph taken. Fingerprints will not be required.


This change will bring the enrolment process in the United States in line with that currently in place across the rest of the world. This policy change is designed to protect children and safeguard against identity theft. Captured images will be printed on visas and used to produce Biometric Residence Permits, where applicable.


Self-Assessment Points Calculator: This form will help determine if you are eligible for a UK work visa. You must fill out this form and submit a printed copy along with any UK Work Visa Application. If you do not have sufficient points on this Self-Assessment Points Calculator, your application is likely to be declined.

VAF9 Personal Details Form: You must fill out this form and submit a printed copy along with any UK Work Visa Application.

Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.

Other Forms:

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Financial Requirements:

Proof of sufficient funds; a minimum of 800 pounds (additional 533 pounds for each accompanying dependant), This can be applicant's personal funds; proof in the form of bank statements (originals, no on-line statement) showing sufficient funds in the account for a minimum period of 3 months - or - the sponsor can certify that they will be responsible for maintenance of applicant and dependents; written evidence must be submitted. 

Other Requirements:
All applicants under Tier 2 (Skilled Worker) need a sponsor. The sponsor is a UK based organization who wishes to employ you in the United Kingdom. In order to sponsor applicants, an employer will need to have registered as a licensed sponsor. The sponsor will need to meet the requirements for the particular category within Tier 2, and accept certain responsibilities to help with immigration control. More information is available on the UK Border Agency website. The sponsor will need to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship before you can apply for entry clearance (a visa) under Tier 2. The Certificate of Sponsorship will act as an assurance that you are able to undertake a particular job and intend to do so.

Special Instructions:
Passport Rush LLC can submit British visa applications only for priority processing. This requires a $170 priority fee that must be paid directly through VFS service. This fee is in addition to the fee paid directly on the application form. Please visit VFS Payment Page, select the United States as country of residence, visa category, and New York as the application center. You may need to scroll right to submit in order to make the payment.


The payment receipt with barcode visible, must be included with visa application materials.  

Complete the Passport Rush Service Order Form You must include a copy of this form with all other supporting documents. (NOTE: Consular fees are NON-refundable. If visa is rejected and resubmitted new consular fees will apply).

Service Fees

     •Regular (5-7 day) Processing


Visa Validity

Visa validity will be for a period of up to 3 years, at the discretion of the consulate.

Visa Processing Time

Visas are usually processed in 5-7 working days. 


In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.




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