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UK Visa fee increase: Your Questions Answered

Updated: Dec 7, 2023



How true is it that the UK Visa fees has been increased effective from October 2023?


It has been announced by the Home Office that there shall be an increase in the visa fees commencing from October 2023 and the said increase shall affect the following visa categories: visiting visas, work visas, student visas and Indefinite Leave to Remain categories.


What are the reasons behind the increase in the UK visa fee?

The reasons behind the increase in the UK visa fees are not far-fetched. The Home Office announced as follows

Income from fees charged plays a vital role in the Home Office’s ability to run a sustainable immigration and nationality system.

Careful consideration is given when setting fees to help reduce the funding contribution from British taxpayers, whilst continuing to provide a service that remains attractive to those wishing to work in the UK and support broader prosperity for all.”

In summary, the UK Government is increasing the visa fees in order to achieve a long-lasting immigration and nationality system. This will be achieved through visa fees paid by immigrants coming into UK and foreign UK residents planning to change their status, so as to reduce financial burden and/or contribution from British taxpayers.


How will I find the increased UK visa fee for work visa, study visa made within and outside UK, visiting visa as well as Nationality?

Below is the streamlined list of the increased visa fees of different categories showing the old fee and the new fees respectively.

Applications for work visa made outside of UK

Category

Old Fee

New Fee from October 2023

Innovator Founder

£1,036

£1,191

Start-up

£378

£435

Global Talent (where Approval Letter is required for main applicant)

£167

£192

Global Talent (where Approval Letter is not required for main applicant)

£623

£716

Skilled worker with a certificate of sponsorship lasting three years or less

£625

£719

Skilled worker with a certificate of sponsorship lasting over three years

£1,235

£1,420

Health and Care with a certificate of sponsorship lasting three years or less

£247

£284

Health and Care with a certificate of sponsorship lasting over three years

£479

£551

T2 Minister of Religion

£625

£719

Temporary Work (Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative Worker, International Agreement, Government Authorised Exchange and Youth Mobility Scheme)

£259

£298

Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker (up to 3 years)

£625

£719

Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker (over 3 years)

£1,235

£1,420

Other Global Business Mobility

£259

£298

Scale-up

£715

£822

High Potential Individual

£715

£822




Applications for Work Visa Made Inside of the UK

Category

Old Fee

New Fee from October 2023

Innovator Founder

£1,292

£1,486

Start-up

£508

£584

Global Talent (where Approval Letter is required for main applicant)

£167

£192

Global Talent (where Approval Letter is not required for main applicant)

£623

£716

Graduate

£715

£822

Skilled worker with a certificate of sponsorship lasting three years or less

£719

£827

Skilled worker with a certificate of sponsorship lasting over three years

£1,423

£1,500

Health and Care with a certificate of sponsorship lasting three years or less

£247

£284

Health and Care with a certificate of sponsorship lasting over three years

£479

£551

T2 Minister of Religion

£719

£827

Temporary Work (Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative Worker, International Agreement, Government Authorised Exchange and Youth Mobility Scheme)

£259

£298

Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker (up to 3 years)

£719

£827

Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker (over 3 years)

£1,423

£1,500

Other Global Business Mobility

£259

£298

Scale-up

£715

£822

High Potential Individual

£715

£822




Nationality

Category

Old Fee

New Fee from October 2023

Naturalisation (British citizenship)

£1,250

£1,500

Nationality registration as a British citizen (adult)

£1,126

£1,351

Nationality registration as a British citizen (child)

£1,012

£1,214







Applications for Study Visa Made Outside of the UK for main applicant and dependant

Category

Old Fee

New Fee from October 2023

Student

£363

£490

Child Student

£363

£490




Visiting visa/ other Applications Made Outside of the UK

Category

Old Fee

New Fee from October 2023

Visit visa (up to 6 months)

£100

£115

Visit visa (up to 2 years)

£376

£400

Visit visa (up to 5 years)

£670

£771

Visit visa (up to 10 years)

£837

£963

Route to settlement

£1,538

£1,846

Route to settlement – refugee dependant relative

£388

£404

Other visa

£531

£637




Other Applications Made Inside the UK

Category

Old Fee

New Fee from October 2023

Indefinite leave to remain

£2,404

£2,885

Leave to enter for persons in the UK liable to immigration detention

£1,048

£1,258

Travel Document – Convention travel document (adult)

£75

£82

Travel Document – Convention travel document (child)

£49

£53



At KASH LEGAL SERVICES, we understand complexities of UK immigration process and committed guiding through every step. We work tirelessly to ensure your immigration experience is as smooth and stress free as possible. To arrange free consultation please feel free to call on 01144000340 or Email info@kashlegalservices.co.uk or visit our website www.kashlegalservices.co.uk.

The information presented in this article is intended solely for providing general knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. It should not be considered as legal advice.



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