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kakarla     10/16/2015 22:20 PM
 


UK VISA – Direct Air side transit VISA application process. I have followed below steps and I got VISA in six working days. I want to share my experience with all of you.

Document purpose: Those who are staying in united states without valid VISA and wants to go India via London we need Direct Airside transit VISA.

Steps to complete the application:
1. First follow this link https://www.gov.uk/transit-visa/direct-airside-transit-visa and go through this page.
2. Once you click apply online in above link it will take to https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/home/welcome web site and create login account and start filling the application.
3. Once you fill the application select USCIS location for finger prints. We have to take the appointment for this.
4. Application fee per person is $48.
5. Required documents for USCIS is take the finger prints appointment document and your passports.
6. They will take one photo and your finger prints, 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 https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/ShoppingCart/Pages/Authorization.aspx and they will send you Air way bill. This will be fast but little expensive ($50). With one bill we can send four applicants documents together.
9. Also 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 UK consulate will work only Monday to Friday. So 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 9am EST to evening 4pm EST. But customer care is not much useful.
12. Direct Air side transit VISA valid upto SIX months and in UK, within 24 hours we have to leave airport and we should not leave airport. This applicable only for transit.
13. If we want to visit UK, then take visitor VISA and that will cost you $96 per person.
14. Below are the required documents
a. VISA application form
b. Finger prints stamped document (from USCIS)
c. Passports
d. Valid original and duplicate US legal documents (Ex. I797A etc)
e. If kids are part of traveling then kid birth certificate (original and copies)
f. 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 ?
g. Bank statements (recent 2 months are enough)
h. Return courier label. If you don’t send return bill then they will not send your documents back to your home


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vamsitnp     12/12/2017 12:14 PM
 


Hi,

Do we have need a confirmed air ticket before we send the documents. Because document checklist says so.

Thanks.

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aguyyala     01/02/2018 11:33 AM
 


Yes we need to send Itinerary. We got rejected due to this.

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niri1001     01/07/2018 15:39 PM
 


Hi Aguyyala

I booked tickets to India with London layover, I did not know about expired visa.
Now filled application form for DATV, will be taking USCIS appointment.
Can you please send an email to my id [email protected], I want to discuss with you once before sending original docs to uk consulate. I will not take your time much. thanks for the help

Thanks
Niri1001

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niri1001     01/07/2018 15:37 PM
 


Hi Kakarla

I booked tickets to India with London layover, I did not know about expired visa.
Now filled application form for DATV, will be taking USCIS appointment.
Can you please reply to my email [email protected], I want to discuss with you once before sending original docs to uk consulate. I will not take your time much.

Thanks
Niri1001

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rdama     01/16/2018 10:36 AM
 


Hi,

Thank you for sharing this information.

My visa got expired and I am travelling back to India from USA.

I have 1:30Hrs layover and I don't need to change the terminals at LHR. Do I still need DATV ?

Thanks,
Ra's Dama

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shivatou84     04/02/2018 15:44 PM
 


Hi Friends,

I am in the same situation. I have flight from USA - India through LHR and have transit layover for 2 hrs.

Currently my visa got expired with an approved extension till 2019. Not sure if there is need for DATV visa as i m changing terminals in LHR

My travel date is 16th Apr and need DATV before it, please let me know a way ASAP. I took an appointment in Atlanta premium center, but have not made payment of 50USD for appointment. But paid 310USD for Bronze premium service. Not sure what exactly is the process

Can someone please help me with information or provide ur contact today ASAP as i am planning to go biometric to Atlanta tomorrow

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rakhibubbl86     05/12/2018 13:32 PM
 


Hello, I am in same situation. My current F1 visa (OPT) is expired. I have I797 valid till 2020. I am going for stamping in Delhi. Can you please tell me If i need DATV ??

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rakhibubbl86     05/12/2018 13:34 PM
 


Hello,

I am in similar situation. My current visa is expired but I have approved I797. I am going for stamping in delhi. Can you tell if i will DATV to go via Heathrow airport? I am Indian passport holder.

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vvkumar236     06/26/2018 14:03 PM
 


Hi Shiv,

Did you get the DAT visa for travelling through london and if so can you please guide me through the steps.

Thanks.

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pm0     12/06/2018 00:18 AM
 


hello Shiva,

Could you please let me know in how many days did you get the DATV.

Thanks!

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rakhibubbl86     05/12/2018 13:34 PM
 


Hello,

I am in similar situation. My current visa is expired but I have approved I797. I am going for stamping in delhi. Can you tell if i will DATV to go via Heathrow airport? I am Indian passport holder.

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