Getting a U.S. Visa in the United Kingdom

Looking to get your US Visa in the United Kingdom?

Below you will find reviews from others who have, including turnaround times, and appointment wait times.

If you’re looking for more information about the types of visa available and other locations, visit my Immigration section and you can read everything from a step-by-step guide to the E3 visa through to introductions to the best immigration lawyers available.

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If you’ve recently gone through a visa process (good or bad), I’d love to hear about it so I can help people in the future!

London, UK

4.89

3.7 days

11 days

30 reviews

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
5 Days
Perfectly easy and no hassles in London No questions really friendly polite guy
- Lesley (about 2 years ago)

5

Recommends H-1B New
2 Days
I was not expecting such a quick turnaround time! I had stressed to the officer that I had a flight out in a few days and needed my passport back by then - I'm not sure if that sped up the process, or if 2 days is the normal processing time.
- Nicole (about 11 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
Super quick and easy, be sure to check the system for any cancellations to get a sooner appointment.
- DC (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
August is a quiet month in Europe, so there were no lines and I was admitted to the Embassy 45 minutes prior to my 12:30pm appointment time. They asked me two questions (what is the job? What is your degree?) before my visa was approved on the spot. I had my passport in hand with the visa inside three days later.
- Aimee (about 11 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
7+ Days
it was a good 2 + weeks until I got my passport back.
- Jana (about 2 years ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days

- Daisy (about 2 years ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
Process was super quick and streamlined. Overall I was probably at the embassy for just over an hour. My interview took less than a minute. They only asked me what the new job was, which company it was for, what my salary was and if I had a degree. Approved on the spot and passport back in 2 days!
- Alex (about 11 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
5 Days
Interview lasted about 3mins. Standard questions around where I will be working & what I will be doing. Told me on the spot that I was approved. Gordon Ramsay was there too doing his visa & I think mine was approved before his.
- Brand (about 1 year ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
The interview itself went for five minutes. I was asked two formal questions, and the rest of the time was spent talking about New York weather, vacation days, and recommendations for London. Very easy process.
- Tom (about 10 months ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
7+ Days
I arrived Monday. My appointment was on Tuesday at 1pm. I arrived at 12.15pm for security check. Left at 1.30pm. Approx 1 hour all up.
- Emily (about 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
Really easy. I was only asked the LCA and to explain what job I will be doing in the US and I was approved on the spot.
- Michaela (about 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days
New consulate is much bigger, thus busier than old consulate in Mayfair. Turnaround time was 6 days compared to 3 last time. Very helpful and pleasant staff. Just make sure you have all your paperwork, photos and supporting docs.
- AS (about 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
Had my appointment on Monday and passport was ready for pick up by Wednesday. Super quick, super easy. I came prepared with all my documents but they only wanted to see my DS-160, LCA and passport. Interview took less than a minute and I was at the embassy for just 45 minutes.
- Charmaine (about 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Very nice embassy with extremely polite staff. We selected a delivery point in Birmingham and our visa was ready two days later. We picked it up the following morning.
- Virginia (about 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days

- Maddy (about 9 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Brand new consulate, so queue management, waiting facilities, even security screening was relatively pleasant (not that this process is ever fun)
- Cal (about 8 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
I had my appointment at 8:30am on a Monday morning, arrived to the embassy at 7:50 and was out the door by 9am. Received my passport back two days later on a Wednesday from th collection location. New embassy is lovely and process was the smoothest out of the three E3 visas I’ve done prior.
- Rachael (about 6 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days

- Simon (about 7 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
2 Days
Just got back from an E3 Visa run in London. It was a great experience and only took 2 days. My interview was scheduled for 8:30am last Wednesday. I arrived about 45 minutes early hoping to get it over and done with. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake as I had to stand outside in the cold for 15 minutes while they got the 8am appointments through. Once inside it was all done within 45 minutes. I chose to have my passport delivered to DX Couriers on Chancery Lane, near the British Museum. I received notification on Thursday that it would be ready on Friday, and went and picked it up at 11am.
- Aaron (about 6 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
8.30am Interview on Wednesday morning, from lining up in the queue to out of the consulate in less than an hour. Received the email suggesting approval on Friday morning and picked up the passport on the next Monday.
- Steven (about 4 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
Although I'd done a visa run in London before and it had been a quick, smooth process I was a little hesitant this time due to a HR contact at my new Company saying that I would get rejected in London and must go back to Australia to get the visa. Mainly due to the current Administration and the fact that the risk of rejection is always much less in Australia. I went against their advice and had a great visa run! Appointment was 8am Friday (first appointment of the day). I lined up at 7.30am and they started letting people in at 7.50am. I was finished and out the door by 8.20am! And everyone at the Embassy was very friendly. Definitely recommend London. However, should note that I'm also a British citizen.
- Jasmine (about 4 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
6 Days
Notes: the DS-160 can be completed without LCA info. They just ask for the LCA paperwork at the interview. You can chose one Embassy location during the DS-160 and then schedule the interview at a different location - they can upload your records from one system to another. London Embassy has a photo booth inside the building - but they may not require a photo if you have already uploaded one in your DS-160 application. London Embassy allows phones/handbags/food 🙂 and has wifi! No need to show up much earlier than your scheduled interview time as they make you wait outside until your time slot.
- Geraldine (about 4 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Very smooth and quick.. it took but more than 1 hour from entry to exit. I attended on Friday and Monday Visa Issued, Tuesday got email and Wedday passport collection. I did last one in Mexico and took 6 days but London is much better and quicker
- Sayem (about 1 month ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Bec (about 5 months ago)

5

Recommends L-2 Renewal
1 Day

- Anna (about 1 month ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Chad (about 1 month ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days

- Sam (about 2 months ago)

5

Recommends E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- (about 1 month ago)

4

Recommends E-3 New
3 Days
My appointment was originally scheduled for 4 weeks from my DS160 submission date. I checked every day for an earlier appointment and snagged one a week away. The was super busy, and my officer wasn't aware that you can electronically have your passport stamped at entry - so my application was originally questioned. Was that was cleared up, I was approved right away.
- Emma (about 9 days ago)

5

Recommends E-3 New
4 Days
From reading other's reviews/info I understood I thought I could only change my appointment three times - this wasn't the case. I initially booked the soonest appointment available (6 weeks away), but checked back every hour or so and was able to change my appointment multiple times until I booked a date I was happy with.
- Talina (about 21 days ago)