Saturday, 13 July

UK gov't increases visa fees

UK visa

On October 4, 2023, the United Kingdom is poised to implement a series of immigration and nationality fee increases, following their formal presentation in the UK Parliament on September 15. 

These adjustments are intended to bolster vital services and allocate additional funds towards public sector pay raises.

Notable changes in these fee adjustments include:

An increase of £15 in the cost of a visit visa for stays under six months, bringing the total to £115.

A £127 uptick in the application fee for a student visa from outside the UK, raising it to £490, aligning it with the fee for in-country applications.

The revenue generated from these fee adjustments holds a pivotal role in sustaining the operational capacity of the Home Office's immigration and nationality system.

The UK government has stated that it carefully considered the financial burden on British taxpayers while striving to maintain an attractive service for individuals seeking employment in the UK, thereby fostering broader prosperity.

These fee alterations encompass various categories, including:

Visit visas for durations of up to 6 months, 2 years, 5 years, and 10 years.

Most fees for entry clearance and specific applications for leave to remain in the UK, including those for work and study.

Fees for indefinite leave to enter and indefinite leave to remain.

Convention travel documents and stateless person’s travel documents.

Health and Care visas.

Fees related to certificates of sponsorship and confirmation of acceptance for studies.

The fees for the super-priority service, both in-country and out-of-country, and the out-of-country fee for the priority service. The settlement priority service fee will be adjusted to align with the cost of using the priority service.

Applications to Register and Naturalise as a British Citizen and the fee for the User Pays Visa Application service.