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last updated on 2016-05-18 by Kat&Jon
Consulate Phone Number: Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000
*Please Note that they do not provide Visa Help through the Switchboard*
Consulate E-Mail: LondonConsular@state.gov
Address: Mailing Address:
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1K 6AH
United Kingdom

Physical Address (GPS & Google maps):
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 2LQ
United Kingdom

A customized map showing the US Embassy, the medical exam office, and several hotels can be found here:
https://www.click2map.com/v2/KatandJon/Embassy
The map can be zoomed in to see more detail or out to see more areas of London.
Working Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Best Way to Contact Consulate: Online contact form. Make sure to select the Immigrant Visa Option.
https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-information-services/contact-us-immigrant-visas/
Approx Waiting Time for interview date from when the Consulate receives the package from the NVC: Due to changes where K-1 and DCF Applicants can now schedule their own interview, the earliest you can schedule is 4 weeks out. *Please note the option below says Scheduled and Walk in. Walk ins are NOT available at the London Embassy, but due to recent changes you are able to schedule your own.*
Issues a Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: Used to be called 'Packet three because they sent you forms etc through the mail. Now it is just a letter containing a link to instructions found on the embassy website.
Immigrant visas: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/family-immigration/
K visas: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/


Document checklist to bring to the interview:
https://uk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2015/11/iv_and_k_interview_checklist2014.pdf

Explanation of documents to bring to the interview:
https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/required-documents/

The letter also provides a link on how to book your medical
https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/medical-examination/

Medical Questionnaire (Must be filled out and brought to your appointment)
https://uk.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2015/11/iv018a_medical.pdf

New info as of May 3 2016: K-1 and DCF Filers are able to schedule their own interviews but the Embassy has to have received the results of the medical examination in order to approve you at the interview, so get the medical scheduled early,the website states to allow 5 working days for the Embassy to receive your results, but you may want to allow more time to be safe.

New info as of June 2011: You will be asked to bring your Police Certificate to the medical appointment.

The forms that require online completing for a K visa are:
DS-160
Readiness for Interview form (which tells the embassy that you have the documents you will need to bring to the interview)
Issues a Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 contents (if known): Appointment Letter
Instructions for interview
http://photos.state.gov/libraries/unitedkingdom/164203/cons-visa/iv_and_k_interview_checklist2014.pdf

Embassy Website Explaining the Interview
https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/the-interview/

What forms should be send back to the Consulate? K visa: Nothing is mailed. Two online forms are submitted

You will not be able to schedule your interview without completing the Readiness for Interview form so make sure to submit it once you have procured all the interview documents.

However, the Readiness for Interview form is required only for Direct Consular Filers and K filers (CR1/IR1 filers do not need to file a DS2001 if they are being processed through the NVC).
Other Forms (if any)? Police Certificate:

Go to https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx or call 0845 6013999 (Office hours are 8:30-16:30, Monday to Friday).
U.K. police certificates are considered valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.(Get a second copy for 5 as well worth it)

Obtaining Birth Certificate:

Visit http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ to obtain a certified copy.
Better still visit:
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Registeringlifeevents/Familyhistoryandresearch/Birthmarriageanddeathcertificates/DG_175628

Call them, ask for your local registry office, they will provide you with a number. Call your local office they will charge you 7.50 (estimate,it could change)

The main office hold est 300,000,000 copies, compared to your local office which only holds certificates for your County. Therefore it can be cheaper

Updated Notarized Letter of Intent to Marry from Petitioner only (new, not one sent to USCIS); specifically asked for in P3 letter RCVD 5/1/2012.

Consulate offers Direct Consular Filing? Yes
If so, for all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country? Residents_Only
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend the interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Advance
Did the embassy schedule your interview or could you walk-in? Walk-in or Schedule
Visa issued same day? No
If not whats the waiting period? The passport with visa is delivered back to the applicant via Secure Mail Services (SMS) courier operating under the brand-name DX Secure. This takes anywhere from 24 hours to a week. The cost is $30 delivered to you home or free if you pick up at a depot. Please review this link for the current wait times for receiving your visa after an approved interview: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/550974-interview-date-to-visa-in-hand-how-long-2015-data/ SMS contact number 0870 950 1760 SMS website www.securemail.co.uk SMS contact number the latest number 0871 562 6666 SMS website is www.thedx.co.uk
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? 250 + any necessary vaccinations (correct as of 28 Sep 2015)
List of doctors? Knightsbridge Doctors in London is the sole contractor for Embassy medicals. Instructions on how to schedule an appointment there are included with packet 3.

Tel: 020 7486 7822
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 2
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? Varies wildly. It is first come first served. The line starts forming around 7AM. Security starts letting people in around 7:30. The visa processing windows open at 8AM.
Vaccination requirements? https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/vaccinations.html

*Flu Vaccinations are only Required if your Medical and Interview take place during Flue Season which is considered October 1 to March 31*

*Also note that ONLY the vaccinations required for adults are necessary for K-1 and IR 1/ CR-1 Filers these are marked with an Asterisk*

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Influenza *
Influenza type b (Hib) *
Measles *
Meningococcal
Mumps *
Pneumococcal
Pertussis *
Polio
Rotavirus
Rubella *
Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids *
Varicella *
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? MARBLE ARCH INN - http://www.marblearch-inn.co.uk/
HOLIDAY INN - http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/london/lonmr/hoteldetail
TRAVELODGE - https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/421/London-Central-Waterloo-hotel
Additional Info? If you are interested in DCF in London, you must have been resident in the UK for at least 6 months with an appropriate status (LLR/ILR/spousal/long-term student/work, etc.) Tourist visas and the VWP are not acceptable for establishing residence in the UK.

What can I bring into the embassy for my appointment?
You can now take mobile phones, key fobs and also tablets inside the embassy. You cannot take laptops though.

The embassy have released on September 16th a new YouTube video on their YouTube site that has the Ambassador explaining what can be taken into the building. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMJW1AEKcY&list=PLCBCE4DAABAFAA522 It's worth watching as it will save time and hastle and also cost since you may not need to use the local pharmacy's to store your gear.

Since your laptop is not allowed to be carried into the Embassy, you may want to make use of Gould's Pharmacy just up the street to stow it while you are at your interview. They should be open by 7:30am, they charge about 5, and they have a good reputation.

Gould's Pharmacy
37 North Audley Street
Mayfair
London W1K 6ZL
Telephone: 0207 495 6298

K Visa Applicants (Non-Immigrant visas)are now asked to pay the visa fee to the Operator Assisted Information Service prior to attending the visa interview. Found here https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb/iv.
IR1/CR1 Immigrant Visa Applicants pay the fee to the Embassy cashier on the day of the visa interview. See https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visa-fees/

Fees may be paid in cash sterling or dollar equivalent; by International Money Order or Bankers Draft; Credit Card Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover or American Express; or Debit Card with the Visa logo. The Embassy does not accept any other credit or debit cards, or personal checks.

There is a snack bar / coffee shop inside the consulate in the waiting area.

There is also a photo booth inside the waiting area inside the consulate. It produces the required size and format.

Fiance(e) visa processing:
https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/


*Updated to correct bad links and changes made to Interview Scheduling*

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