Here is a general outline of the process for an Indian H1B holder in the USA to obtain a visa to the UK (London) to meet their fiancée. However, keep in mind that visa processes can change over time.
- Determine the Appropriate Visa Type: Depending on the purpose of your visit and your relationship status, you may need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa or a Family Visa (if you plan to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK).
- Complete the Online Application: Visit the official website of the UK government to complete the online visa application form. You’ll need to provide personal information, travel plans, and details about your fiancée.
- Book an Appointment: Once you’ve completed the online application, you’ll need to book an appointment at a visa application center in the USA. This is where you’ll submit your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) and any required documents.
- Required Documents: Commonly required documents include a valid passport, passport-sized photographs, confirmation of online visa application, proof of relationship (such as correspondence or evidence of meeting), financial documents to show you can support yourself during your stay, and any relevant documents for the specific type of visa you’re applying for.
- Proof of Intent: You’ll need to demonstrate that you have a genuine intention to visit the UK temporarily and that you intend to return to the USA after your visit. This can include showing ties to your home country like a job, property, or family.
- Health Insurance: It’s a good idea to have health insurance that covers your time in the UK.
- Interview: Depending on your circumstances, you might be required to attend an interview at the visa application center. Be prepared to discuss your travel plans, relationship, and reasons for visiting the UK.
- Pay the Visa Fee: Visa applications typically involve a fee. Make sure to check the current fee on the official UK government website.
- Decision and Collection: After your application is processed, you’ll be notified of the decision. If approved, you’ll receive a vignette (sticker) in your passport that allows you to enter the UK. Make sure to check the start and end dates on the vignette.
- Entry and Stay in the UK: Upon arrival in the UK, be prepared to show the immigration officer your passport with the vignette. They might ask questions about your stay, so be ready to provide answers.
Remember, the process can vary based on your individual circumstances.