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last updated on 2019-08-13 by TheIrishGal

Phone Number: Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000
*Please Note that they do not provide Visa Help through the Switchboard*
E-Mail: LondonConsular@state.gov You might have better results emailing via their website Contact Form https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-information-services/contact-us-immigrant-visas/
Address: NEW ADDRESS January 16, 2018
Embassy of the United States of America
33 Nine Elms Lane
SW11 7US
Working Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
Best Contact Method: Online contact form. Make sure to select the Immigrant Visa Option.
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: Due to changes where K-1 and DCF Applicants can now schedule their own interview. *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 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/

Useful links:
List of documents to bring to the interview:

Explanation of documents to bring to the interview:

How to book your medical

Medical Questionnaire (Must be filled out and brought to your appointment)

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: You will be asked to bring your Police Certificate to the medical appointment, four identical passport photos, a medical summary print out from your NHS GP and your K1 instruction letter from the consulate or spouse appointment letter from NVC

The forms that require online completing for a K visa are:
Issues Packet 4? No
Packet 4 Contents (if known): NVC (not embassy) will send an interview appointment to spouse visa applicants

K1 and DCF will schedule their own interview and will not receive anything further from the embassy.
Visa Appointment Service website: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb/iv

Embassy Website Explaining the Interview
Forms to Consulate? K visa: Nothing is mailed to the consulate. 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:

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

K1: Updated Letter of Intent to Marry from Petitioner only if your I-129F petition has expired by your interview date. Expiration is printed on your NOA2. It is four months from your petition approval.

Direct Consular Filing Offered? Yes
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country? Residents_Only
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Advance
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Walk-in or Schedule
Visa issued same day? No
If not what's the waiting period? The passport with visa is delivered back to the applicant via DX Secure courier. This usually takes 7-10 days if all goes well and there is no delay because your medical wasn't there or the embassy needs you to supply more documents. 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? £350 + any necessary vaccinations (correct as of Aug 2019)
List of doctors? Knightsbridge Doctors in London is the sole contractor for Embassy medicals. They will not give you an appointment until you can provide them with your new case number starting with LND.

Tel: 020 7486 7822
Website for medical clinic

Visit the clinic's website for info on what to bring to your exam, price lists, and procedures.
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.
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 *
Mumps *
Pertussis *
Rubella *
Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids *
Varicella *
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Vauxhall Nine Elms
TRAVELODGE Vauzhall - https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/576/London-Vauxhall-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

DCF fees may be paid at the embassy on interview day 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.

Fiance(e) visa: You pay in advance as part of the interview booking process.

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