United Kingdom - USCIS London Field Office

London, United Kingdom

Geographic Jurisdiction

The London Field Office is in the Europe, Middle East and Africa District and has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Public hours

By appointment only.  The office is closed on British and American holidays.

Appointments

The London Field Office does not schedule general inquiry appointments. To schedule a re-entry permit collection appointment, please follow the procedures set forth in the “Collection of Re-entry permit” webpage. For other appointment inquiries, please contact us at uscis.london@uscis.dhs.gov.

Walk-Ins

This office does not accept walk-ins.  You will not be allowed into the U.S. Embassy without an appointment notice.

Fee Payment Information

For applications and petitions that you submit to this office, you must pay the fees to the U.S. Embassy cashier using a cashier's check, U.S. dollar money order, or an international bank draft made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please do not mail cash, personal checks, or traveler’s checks.

 

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Office Services

Click on the tabs below for additional information on each service. For a complete explanation of the fees, required forms and documentation associated with the forms that we may accept directly at this office, click on the form name within the tab. To see if there are any special instructions for filing at this office, please see the information under Filing and Other Special Instructions” within each tab.

Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To establish your relationship to a relative who wishes to immigrate to the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Through March 31, 2020

U.S. citizens residing in the United Kingdom filing on behalf of their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).

U.S. citizens residing in this field office’s jurisdiction but outside of the United Kingdom may file with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over the U.S. citizen's place of residence if the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate determines that there are exceptional circumstances. If your request to file with the Consular Section is denied, you will need to file with the Dallas Lockbox.

Active duty U.S. Military: Active duty U.S. military service members stationed permanently at a military base in USCIS London's jurisdiction, but outside of the UK, may file this form directly with the Department of State without needing to establish exceptional circumstances.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Residents of the United Kingdom filing with USCIS London must submit the petition and supporting evidence by mail.

Evidence of residency must be submitted with the petition.  The evidence you submit must support a determination that you are a resident in the United Kingdom.

Please Note: Certain pieces of evidence may more strongly support a finding of residency than others.  For petitions filed at this field office, you must submit one or more of the following:

  • Passport entry stamp
  • Residency permit or card
  • Military orders

In addition, other evidence of residency may include, but is not limited to:

  • Utility bills
  • Housing lease
  • Work contract or other employment documents
  • Proof of local registration
  • Bank statements
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Vehicle registration
  • Valid local driver’s license
  • Tax documents
  • Foreign property deeds or registration (although proof of property ownership in itself may be insufficient if there is no evidence that the petitioner resides at that property)

Any document issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by a full English translation and by the translator's certification that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. The original documents, with one copy of the original, and the English translation should be submitted with the petition.  Any original documents submitted upon USCIS’ request will be returned.

Petitions from lawful permanent residents and petitions for relatives of U.S. citizens other than those mentioned in the "Who May File or Receive Service" section must be filed with the Dallas Lockbox.

Beginning April 1, 2020

Beginning April 1, 2020, you must file your petition by mail with the USCIS Lockbox in Dallas. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 webpage

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in London may accept Forms I-130 if you are:

  • A qualified active-duty U.S. military service member with an immediate relative case; and 
  • Permanently stationed at a military base in the United Kingdom. 

This exception does not apply to service members assigned to non-military bases, such as Embassies or civilian institutions, or to service members on temporary duty orders. 

If you are a U.S. citizen residing in the United Kingdom filing on behalf of your spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older) and you believe that exceptional circumstances justify filing your petition overseas, you may contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in London to request to file locally based on exceptional circumstances (PDF, 316 KB). More information about the exceptional circumstances filing request process at the U.S. Embassy in London will be made available by the time of the April 1 implementation date.

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Purpose:

To allow lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who do not have a Green Card or reentry permit to apply for a travel document (carrier documentation) that permits a transportation carrier to allow them to board a flight or vessel to the United States without penalty.

Who May File or Receive Service:

You may apply for carrier documentation if you are an LPR and:

  • You are returning from temporary international travel of less than one year and your Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card or Form I-551) has been lost, stolen, or destroyed.
  • You are returning from temporary international travel of less than two years and your reentry permit (Form I-327) has been lost, stolen, or destroyed.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

As of Nov. 1, 2019, if you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has lost your LPR card and/or reentry permit and you need travel documentation to return to the U.S., you can file your Form I-131A with any U.S. Embassy or Consulate. For information on filing the Form I-131A with U.S. Embassy London, see the Embassy webpage on seeking a transportation boarding foil.

Before appearing to file a Form I-131A, you must pay the filing fee for this form online using the USCIS online payment system. You may pay the fee with your credit or debit card or U.S. bank account. When you appear in person to file Form I-131A, you must bring evidence that you paid the fee, such as a printed copy of your payment confirmation page or a printed copy of your emailed receipt. As with all immigration fees, we do not issue refunds regardless of the decision on the application.

    Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant

    Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    For international offices, this form is usually filed by widow(er)s applying for certain benefits granted to various special categories of individuals eligible for immigration.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Widow(er) of a deceased U.S. citizen. The widow(er) must currently reside in the United Kingdom.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    Through March 31, 2020

    To file with USCIS London, rather than the USCIS Lockbox in the U.S., you must file by mail.

    Beginning April 1, 2020

    Beginning April 1, 2020, if you are a widow(er) of a U.S. citizen, please see the Form I-360 webpage for the most current filing instructions.

    You may file your Form I-360 at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the area where you live.

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (For Military Abroad)

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To apply for U.S. citizenship.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Members of the U.S. military stationed overseas and their qualifying family members who reside in USCIS London’s jurisdiction.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    USCIS London Field Office processes naturalization and citizenship applications only for overseas military personnel and their qualifying family members.

    You cannot file Forms N-400, N-600, or N-600K directly with the USCIS London Field Office. You must file these forms with the appropriate USCIS Lockbox facility. Please see the Form N-400, Form N‑600, or Form N-600K webpage or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 for the most current filing instructions. If you are an active duty military member on orders abroad or a qualifying family member, USCIS will forward your application to the appropriate international office if you are eligible for processing abroad. 

    If you are an active duty military member on orders abroad or a qualifying family member, you can find more information about who qualifies for naturalization or citizenship on our Citizenship for Family Members page.  If you are an active duty military member living outside the U.S. and your child is on your official orders, you may be eligible to file Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship or Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 for your child.  If you are eligible to file Form N-600K, your child may complete the entire naturalization process abroad. Please also see our Policy Manual for quick reference charts and information on overseas naturalization benefits for qualifying spouses and children of U.S. military personnel.

    Additionally, U.S. military members may email militaryinfo@uscis.dhs.gov to:

    • Ask questions about filing Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600;
    • Request overseas processing of a pending Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600; or
    • Change your address of record for a pending Form N-400, Form N-600K, or Form N-600.

    USCIS does not use this email address to respond to questions about any other USCIS forms. For questions or requests related to all other USCIS forms, call the toll-free Military Help Line at 877-CIS-4MIL (877-247-4645).

    Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

    Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    To voluntarily abandon your lawful permanent resident (LPR) status/turn in your Green Card.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Any individual who wishes to abandon his or her permanent resident status and give up his or her Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can submit this form by mail to the USCIS Eastern Forms Center:

    For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

    USCIS Eastern Forms Center
    Attn: I-407 Unit
    PO Box 567
    Williston, VT 05495

    For FedEX, UPS, DHL or other express/registered deliveries:

    USCIS Eastern Forms Center
    Attn: I-407 Unit
    124 Leroy Road
    Williston, VT 05495

    You will need to turn in your Permanent Resident Card, if available, along with any other travel documents issued by USCIS. Do not submit any non-USCIS issued documents such as a state-issued driver’s license or a Social Security card. For additional information on how to submit your form, please visit the Form I-407 webpage.

    If you have questions regarding Form I-407  please contact the USCIS Contact Center.

    Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

    Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, Form and Fee Information

    Purpose:

    If you are a refugee or asylee, you file this to petition for your relative to join you in the United States.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Refugees or asylees file this application in the United States for their qualifying relatives living abroad.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    Please see the Form I-730 form page for filing instructions. If the beneficiary of a Form I-730 filed with a USCIS service center resides in the United Kingdom, the petition will be transferred to our office prior to approval.  We will contact you, the petitioning relative and any representative of record to initiate processing and gather additional information and documents, once we have received the Form I-730 from the appropriate USCIS service center.

    Please Note: It is important to notify this office if the beneficiary’s contact information listed on Form I-730 has changed. You should inform us of any such changes by submitting your change via phone or email to this office. Due to customs delays, it may take up to two months for a Form I-730 forwarded by a USCIS service center to reach this office. Contact this office for case status inquiries only when more than two months have passed since you received a Form I-730 Approval or Transfer Notice from the service center and you have not received any correspondence from USCIS during that two month period.

    Collection of Re-entry Permit

    Collection of Re-entry Permit

    Purpose:

    To pick-up a re-entry permit that was approved through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, allowing lawful permanent residents to return to the United States after travel abroad in certain circumstances.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    For those who have submitted an application for a re-entry permit through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document in the United States and have requested that the re-entry permit be sent to the U.S. Consulate/USCIS in London.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    This office does not adjudicate re-entry permits. If we are provided with contact information, USCIS London will contact the applicant when the Form I-131 has been approved by an office in the United States and the re-entry permit is ready for collection. If you believe that the permit has been sent to USCIS London and you have not heard from us, you may send an inquiry to uscis.london@uscis.dhs.gov.

    If you have requested that your re-entry permit travel document be sent to the U.S. Consulate/USCIS in London, then you can check our checklist of received Re-entry Permits (PDF) to see if your re-entry permit travel document has arrived. To see whether your re-entry permit travel document has arrived, you will need your Notice of Receipt Number, ex. (LIN-00-000-00000).

    Please note that it takes at least 2 weeks from the time the re-entry permit travel document is approved until we receive it in the mail.

    In collecting your re-entry permit, note the following:

    • Each individual 18 years or older must collect his or her own re-entry permit travel document.
    • Each individual 18 years or older must have a separate appointment letter to enter the Embassy.
    • Each individual must bring his or her:
    • Valid passport;
    • Green Card; and
    • Form I-797 (Receipt Notice).
    • Collection of re-entry permits for children under 18 can be made by parent(s). You must present the Child(ren)’s passport, Green Card and Form I-797.

    Instructions on how to obtain or replace a re-entry permit are found at How Do I Get a Re-Entry Permit.

    Fingerprint Collection

    Fingerprint Collection

    Purpose:

    To support certain applications and petitions pending with a USCIS international office and, in some cases, domestic office.

    Who May File or Receive Service:

    Generally, individuals residing in the United Kingdom may request biometrics (e.g., fingerprints and photographs) collection associated with the following forms after USCIS has requested biometrics in association with the adjudication of that form type:

    Notes for Active Duty Military:

    If you are an active duty military service member or dependent stationed abroad and are filing:

    Then:

    Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

    You may have your fingerprints taken on a military base and do not need to appear at a USCIS office for a biometrics appointment.

    Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

    The Conditional Lawful Permanent Resident (CLPR) does not need to attend a biometrics appointment. Instead your military base point of contact (POC) can take the CLPR’s fingerprints on a fingerprint card which you may include when mailing the petition in to a USCIS office in the United States.

    Note: Dependents must include the USCIS biometrics fee when filing the Form N-400, even if your fingerprints were taken on the U.S. military base.

    For All Other Forms Not Listed Above:

    Biometrics collection is usually scheduled at an Application Support Center (ASC) based on the applicant’s address of record.

    In rare circumstances, field office directors may use their discretion to collect biometrics that were initially scheduled to be taken in the United States. When deciding whether to collect biometrics at an international field office, field office director's will take into account resource constraints, and also consider appropriate supporting evidence the applicant provides as well as the following factors:

    • An appointment notice showing that biometrics collection was scheduled at a domestic USCIS office;
    • Evidence of extenuating circumstances that would require the individual to depart the United States before having his or her biometrics collected as indicated in the appointment notice. For example, these circumstances might include, but are not limited to, the need to assist a critically ill family member, an unexpected immediate job transfer, or other urgent need; and
    • Evidence that the applicant requested an expedited or rescheduled appointment at an ASC before leaving the United States and, if not, an explanation of the reasons for failing to request an expedited or rescheduled appointment.

       For Those Residing Abroad:

    • Evidence of the compelling circumstances or hardship that would prevent the applicant or petitioner from traveling back to the United States for an ASC appointment. Generally, the expense of traveling back to the United States would not, in itself, be considered a hardship.  Because of the small number of staff in our international offices, you may experience a delay in appointment availability for biometrics collection.

    Filing and Other Special Instructions:

    You can contact USCIS London to determine whether you are eligible to have your biometrics captured at this office or for further information.

    *Note: The available fingerprinting services noted above are only applicable if you live in a country with a USCIS office.

    **Note: USCIS international offices do not handle visa processing for T or U visas. However, they do assist T visa applicants and U visa petitioners with biometric services relating to the underlying Form I-914 or Form I-918 processed by a USCIS domestic office. The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Section handles visa processing.

    For information on other immigration benefits, please visit uscis.gov. For your convenience, we have provided links to information on some commonly asked about services:

    Visas

    For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the Department of State’s website. General information about visas, including contact information, is also available on the website of the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy London.

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