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We would like to inform you that the fees charged by the UK visa authority UKVI and the UK visa center TLS have been increased exorbitantly. This price increase totals about 20% and comes into effect immediately.
In particular, we would like to point out that the fees for the Visa Center and the priority fee have been almost doubled by the authority. This drastic increase may affect your travel and visa application costs.
It is important that you take these new fees into consideration when applying for a visa to the United Kingdom!
Tightening of ESTA requirements for passport holders of Hungarian citizenship
Since the beginning of August 2023, Hungarian citizens wishing to travel to the USA have to face new restrictions when using the ESTA. The previous validity period of the ESTA authorization has been reduced to a maximum of one year for Hungarian citizens as of August 1, 2023. This means that Hungarian travelers will now have to apply for a new ESTA authorization every time they plan to enter the country. When Hungarian citizens obtain an ESTA authorization, it is valid for only one year and entitles them to only one entry during that period. In contrast, citizens of other VWP countries are usually granted a two-year ESTA authorization, which allows them to enter the U.S. several times during those two years.
NOTE: ESTA authorizations issued before 01 August 2023 remain valid for the approved period and also allow multiple entries within this period. The new regulations therefore do not have a retroactive effect on existing ESTA authorizations for Hungarian citizens, but apply exclusively to new applications as of the aforementioned date.
Wir empfehlen dringend allen ungarischen VWP-Reisenden, bestehende ESTA-Genehmigungen vor Reiseantritt (online) auf Gültigkeit zu prüfen, um Problemen vorzubeugen.
Between 2011 and 2020, the Hungarian government granted nearly one million citizenships through a simplified naturalization process. According to U.S. authorities, this was done without adequate identity verification safeguards. Despite security concerns on the part of the United States, the Hungarian government decided not to fully close the existing loopholes in the naturalization process. This resulted in a tightening of access requirements to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for Hungarian passport holders.
In early August, the Hungarian government was informed that the validity period of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for holders of Hungarian passports will be reduced from two to one year. In addition, the use of an ESTA will be limited to a single trip for Hungarian passport holders.
Despite continued efforts by the U.S. government to prevent these measures, Hungary has so far failed to address U.S. security concerns and meet the requirements for full participation in the VWP. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is based on a close security partnership between the United States and selected countries. The U.S. sets strict security criteria, and in return, nationals of these countries are granted visa-free entry. If the conditions are not met, countries can be excluded from the program or, as in the case of Hungary, face restrictions.
Incidentally, this is not the first time for Hungary: already last year, U.S. authorities reacted with sanctions for the VWP country due to security concerns. Since then, only Hungarian nationals who were also born in Hungary have been allowed to participate in the VWP.
Such restrictions are extremely rare and have so far only affected nationals from Brunei. Since July 2023, they too have only been granted a one-year ESTA travel permit, but unlike Hungary, they are allowed to make several trips during this period.
Travel State GOV | CBP | DHS GOV | 16.08.2023
UPDATE ON APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR AN ESTA AND HAVE BEEN TO CUBA BEFORE!
Travelers who entered or stayed in Cuba on or after January 12, 2021, and wish to enter the U.S. with ESTA authorization would NOT be able to apply for ESTA again. A Non-Immigrant Visa is required prior to departure. Please keep this in mind when planning your trip.
The U.S. Department of State designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) on January 12, 2021.With limited exceptions, a traveler who is found to have visited Cuba on or after this date is not eligible for travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) using an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and must apply for a visa to travel to the United States. Additionally, a traveler who at the time of application for an ESTA holds dual nationality with both a VWP country and Cuba is not eligible for travel under the VWP using an ESTA and must apply for a visa to travel to the United States.
If an ESTA has already been approved and it is later determined that the traveler has been present in Cuba or holds dual nationality with both a VWP country and Cuba, the ESTA will be revoked. Ineligibility for an ESTA is not a bar to travel to the United States. Individuals who are not eligible to travel under the VWP may apply for a visa at any U.S. embassy or consulate.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection | 10.07.2023
The U.S. Immigration Department has raised fees for all non-immigrant visa categories, effective June 17, 2023. The new fees are noted on the relevant order forms.
The Immigration Department Australia has increased fees for all visa categories effective July 1, 2023. The new fees are shown on the relevant order forms.
UPDATE 05.09.2023: The processing of UK tourist visas has been resumed!
Recent events such as the reopening of travel opportunities after the pandemic and the Brexit has led to a high volume of applications being received by Visas United. To cope with increased the demand we are temporarily accepting only a limited number of applications. This route has temporarily been closed and will be available once the workload is manageable. This affects only for TOURIST VISA. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
F and M student visas can now be issued up to 365 days in advance of the I-20 program start date, allowing more time for students to apply for a visa. Students are still not allowed to enter the U.S. on a student visa more than 30 days before their program start date. The previously existing 120 day no longer applies as of February 21, 2023.
The TLS Contact visa center in Düsseldorf is moving. As of March 3, 2023, the Visa Center will be located at the following address: Signature by Regus - Düsseldorf, Heinrich Heine - Breite Str. 3 - 40213 Düsseldorf - Floor 6.
Please note that there may be problems with appointment availability during the relocation of the Visacenter. This is a preliminary information based on our experience and does not correspond to any official information. Travelers with urgent travel needs may have to switch to the visa centers in Berlin or Munich.
The processing of tourist visas for Great Britain has been resumed by the Visas United team after suspension of almost half a year. For more information, please go directly to the corresponding info page: APPLY FOR YOUR VISA > Your visa for UK > Tourist Visa - General Visitor.
From 23.12.2022 until 6.1.2023 our office will be closed due to Christmas holiday.
We would like to wish you a happy christmas and best wishes and health for the new year!
From 9.1.23 we are again available for you as usual!
Welcome to Visas United - your independent visa agency
Welcome to the website of Visas United, your visa agency for all kinds of visas.
You are about to start a private or business trip to a country and require a visa but don't know how and where to apply for the visa? We can assist you in obtaining visas for numerous destinations, including the United Kingdom and the United States. You contact us and we will take care of the process. Our visa service places a high value on individual consultation and can thus ideally assist you in obtaining your visa. We would like to assist you with the application process so that you can fully concentrate on your travel plans.
A visa is the permission to cross the border of a certain country and enter that country. To obtain a visa, you usually need to contact the visa section of the embassy or consulate of the destination country. These offices can approve your visa application. However, depending on the country and the visa type, the visa procedure may vary. Especially for the USA, Canada and UK, special visas are required to be allowed to enter. By the way, the application process for the UK and USA has been considered one of the most complicated in the world for years.
Our service for UK and USA includes preparation and translation of the visa application and listing of required documents. Once complete, the applicant can submit the completed application and required documents in person at the Visa Center in Düsseldorf, Berlin or Munich. Exception USA: The documents must to be submitted at the consulates in Frankfurt, Berlin or Munich.
Our visa service is available worldwide
In order to assist as many people as possible with their travel plans, our team offers a worldwide visa service. We can support you professionally and completely independent of consulates and authorities with applications for the following countries:
Whether you are an au pair, a student, a visitor, a patient, a work & traveler or just a tourist - we offer the right visa service for each individual to ensure that you receive your visa for the purpose of travel without any problems.
What are the costs of our visa service?
The total cost of our visa service is made up of several sub-amounts. These include the following:
- Consular fees: incurred by the consulate of the country processing your application.
- Service fees incurred by the visa agency services. These include center fees charged by the visa center or shipping costs.
If you wish to apply for a visa independently, you will not be required to pay any agency service fees. Please note, however, that at all consulates worldwide do not refund consular fees should you not submit the complete documents for the visa application or if your visa is rejected by the officials.
Questions about visa service
You are unsure as to which visa you need, or you still have questions about our visa service? Do not hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to arrange a personal consultation appointment with you so that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.