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UK Transit Visa Application Guide 2020 and Requirements

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UK Transit Visa 2020 Application Guide and Requirements.

UK Transit Visas 2020 – U.K. transit visa is a non-immigrant (temporary) visa that allows you to pass through the U.K. while traveling to another country. This visa will not allow you to stay in the U.K. If you wish to visit the United Kingdom. You should see if you are eligible to apply for a visitor visa.

UK Transit Visas 2020


A transit visa comes in two forms: Direct Airside Transit Visa (DATV) which is limited to 24 hours and you must remain ‘airside’ (i.e. cannot pass through immigration) and a Visitor in Transit Visa, which is valid for 48 hours and allows you to change airports (and terminals at airports where you can’t do that airside).

Countries that Needs Transit Visa.

Normally, citizens of the following countries are obliged to obtain a transit visa when passing through the international transit area of any Schengen country airport:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkey


Direct Airside transit VISA application process. I have followed the below steps and I got a VISA in six working days. I want to share my experience with all of you.

N/B: Those who are staying in United States without valid VISA and want to go to India via London will need a Direct Airside transit VISA. 

Steps to complete the application online:

1. First, follow this link and go through this page.

2. Once you click apply online in the above link it will take you to web site and create a login account and start filling the application.

3. Once you fill the application select USCIS location for fingerprints. We have to make an appointment for this.

4. The application fee per person is $48.

5. Required documents for USCIS is taking the fingerprints appointment document and your passports.

6. They will take one photo and your fingerprints, also they will do stamp on the appointment document. \

7. Ask security to give the UK VISA required documents and you can go through the document.

8. To send the documents to New York address use the following link and they will send you an Air waybill. This will be fast but a little expensive ($50). With one bill we can send four applicants documents together.

9. Also, the UK consulate will accept couriers only from UPS. No FedEx, no USPS.

10. Once we send below documents UK consulate will take 15 days to process. Remember the UK consulate will work only Monday to Friday. To send documents well ahead to avoid last-minute travel plan changes.

11. If you have any doubts then we need to talk to their customer care and they will charge $1.7 per minute and their timings from Monday to Friday morning from 9am EST to evening 4 pm EST. But customer care is not much useful.

12. Direct Airside transit VISA valid up to SIX months and in the UK, within 24 hours we have to leave the airport and we should not leave airport. This applies only for transit.

13. If we want to visit the UK, then take visitor VISA and that will cost you $96 per person.

14. Below are the required documents.

  1. VISA application form
  2. Fingerprints stamped document (from USCIS)
  3. Passports
  4. Valid original and duplicate US legal documents (Ex. I797A etc)
  5. If kids are part of traveling then kid birth certificate (original and copies)
  6. One photo (officially UK website they mentioned 45mm height * 35mm width but in US we will not get this requirement). I took photos from 50mm*50mm standard photos from Costco and sent. They accepted finally?
  7. Bank statements (recent 2 months are enough)
  8. Return courier label. If you don’t send a return bill then they will not send your documents back to your home

FAQS About UK Transit Visa

INTERESTING! Apply for a Visitor in Transit visa if you’ll be going through UK border control but leaving the UK within 48 hours. You’ll need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa if: you need to stay longer in the UK. you can prove you need to frequently pass through the UK over a longer period.

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