New York is the jurisdiction for all visas for US residents.

Visas for the United Kingdom


Note: US Passport holders and many others do not require visas for the UK unless traveling as a student, staying longer than 90 days as a tourist or planning to work in the UK. Call us if you are uncertain whether a visa is needed.

This page looks very different from our other pages because obtaining a Visa for the UK is a very different process than other Visas. Please read all the information on the websites to which you will be directed very carefully.


  • First you will need to make the application for a UK visa and pay for it online. Click HERE to begin the process.
  • Next you must make a payment for "Priority Service" through the VFS Global website in order for AVS to help you. Click HERE to make this payment. Choose "United States" as Country of Residence, the type of Visa and "New York" as the Visa Application Center. Print the receipt page at the completion of this payment and the email you receive and include both with your documents. Without this payment AVS cannot handle your application.
  • As part of the online UK visa application, you will have scheduled a Biometrics appointment at a local Homeland Security office; you must attend this appointment and receive evidence of the Biometrics.
  • Finally all documents must be gathered to accompany your application and payments. Please read all the information and follow the guidance provided in terms of exactly what documents must be provided and how they are to be presented. Click HERE to find information. Click HERE for a printable list of requirements.

After completing the above steps, ship your documents to us. Please note that applications that are rejected for any reasons, will have to be re-submitted and all fees - including AVS fees - will have to be paid again.

In addition to confirmation of the above we will need:

  • Signed Passport with at least six months validity and blank visa pages. Click here for more info =>

  • One current passport-type photo. Click here for more info =>

All UK Visas are being processed in New York; the Chicago Consulate is closed. Once we receive your documents we will forward them to the NY Consulate.

AVS cannot submit Settlement Visas. 

Processing Times and Fees:

Processing Type: Service Fee:
Regular Processing: 5 or more Business days: $150
Rush Processing: 3 to 4 Business days: $200

All United Kingdom applications will incur an additional $70 in Shipping

Place order:

Due to variables in prices we do not offer an online order for UK visas; please use our paper order form. Click HERE for our paper order form. Complete all information and ship your documents to the address at the top of the form. Your credit card will be charged once the work is complete and we will include a receipt with your returned passport.


American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.