New York visa processing hub
This page explains how you send your application to our visa processing hub in New York, USA, and what happens when it arrives in New York.
There are 3 ways to send your application to us in New York.
1. By mail
You can make your own arrangements to send your application, within 2 weeks of enrolling your biometric information, to:
The UK Border Agency
845 Third Avenue
New York. NY 10022
If you are applying for settlement you must send your application to our visa processing office in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Once we have made a decision on your application, your passport and supporting documents will be sent back to you. You must send your visa application to:
UK Visas and Immigration,
International Operations and Visa,
We strongly suggest that you use a mail provider that allows you to track your package and offers a delivery confirmation.
2. By registered travel agent
You can choose to use an independent visa service or travel agent to submit the application on your behalf. They can also help you through the visa application process.
A number of companies are registered with the UK Border Agency in New York. We are not responsible for the actions or outcome of the services provided by these independent visa services or agents. You can find a list of these agents on the right side of this page.
What should you enclose?
You must send us:
- a valid passport or travel document - you are not legally required to have 6 months' validity on your passport at the time when you apply for your visa, but your passport must be valid when you apply and when you arrive in the UK;
- 1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of your face - this must meet the requirements in our photograph guidance, which you can download from the right side of this page;
- a signed and dated printout of your online visa application form;
- (if you are applying under the points-based system) a completed self-assessment form, signed and dated;
- any supporting documents that are relevant to your application, and a photocopy of each document (including English translations);
- any previous passports which show evidence of foreign travel;
- your stamped biometric appointment receipt; and
- (if you are not a US Citizen) evidence of your valid immigration status in the USA - for example, your advance parole document, or a valid visa in your passport or US visa approval notice. If you are on a J-1 visa you must include your DS-2019, and if on an F-1 visa you must include your I-20.
- If you are submitting a permanent resident card (also known as green card) with your application do not submit the original card. Please provide a high quality, notarised colour photocopy of both sides of your permanent resident card with your application.
- Packaging for us to return your passport and other documents. A pre-paid return shipping label must be affixed to this packaging. For more information, go to our returns page.
If you want us to return your supporting documents to you, you should photocopy them and send us the photocopy as well as the original document. We will not return documents to you if they have not been photocopied.
The Return of your documents page explains when and how your documents will be returned to you.