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UK Visa Fees – (18’th March 2016 increase)

The home office have announced the new UK Visa Fees for 2016.

The tables listed out below contain every single UK Visa Fee increase / decrease which were recently announced by the Home Office.
They will come into effect as of the 18’th March 2016.

Any existing Visa Applications that are pending a decision are not affected by the increase.

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Visas / applications made outside the UK

Fees categoryCurrent FeeNew fee 2016Fee Change
Visit visa < 6 months£85£87£2
Visit visa < 2 years [note 1]£324£330£6
Visit visa < 5 years£588£600£12
Visit visa <10 years£737£752£15
Visiting academic -
more than 6 months
but no more than 12 months
£162£170£8
Private medical treatment visa -
more than 6 months
but not more than 11 months
£162£170£8
Short term student visa
(up to 6 months)
£85£89£4
Short term student child
(up to 6 months)
£85£89£4
Short term student studying English language
for more than 6 months
but not more than 11 months
£162£170£8
Parent of a child at school (Up to 12 months)£324£405£81
Settlement£956£1,195£239
Settlement - other dependant relative£2,141£2,676£535
Settlement - refugee dependant relative£592£472-£120
Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the
dependant of a member of the armed
forces under Appendix Armed Forces
to the Immigration Rules.
£1,500£1,875£375
Certificate of entitlement - (right of abode)£324£472£148
Other visa£324£405£81
Transit visa – (direct airside transit)£30£32£2
Transit visit visa (landside transit)£56£59£3
Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or
aircraft as a member of the crew of that
ship or aircraft
£56£59£3
Vignette transfer£122£189£67
Representative of an overseas
business
£535£546£11
Call out/ out of hours fee
(per hour/part hour)
£130£130£0
Single-entry visa to replace a
Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
£81£189£108
Receiving, preparing and
forwarding documents
£115£115£0
Electronic Visa Waivern/a£15n/a

Points based system - applications made outside the UK

Fees CategoryCurrent FeeNew fee 2016Fee Change
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - initial application [note 2]£281£287£6
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)£281£287£6
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - subsequent application [note 2]£562£574£12
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - dependant£562£574£12
Tier 1 (General) - dependant£944£963£19
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) [note 2]£335£342£7
Tier 1 (Post-study Work) - dependant£559£570£11
Dependant of a student under paragraphs 76-81 of the immigration rules£322£328£6
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) - Long Term Staff, £564£575£11
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Short Term Staff, Graduate Trainee & £445£454£9
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) - Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2] £1,128£1,151£23
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]£428£437£9
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2]£856£873£17
Tier 4£322£328£6
Tier 5 [note 2]£225£230£5

Optional Premium Services outside the UK

Fees CategoryCurrent FeeNew fee 2016Fee Change
Priority visa service - settlement£360£450£90
Priority visa service - non-settlement£120£150£30
Super priority visa service£600£750£150
User-pay visa application centre£59£55-£4
Passport pass-back£40£42£2
Visa application centre appointment - outside office hours£50£63£13
International Contact Centre - Webchat (per 10 minute session)£4£4.00£0
International contact centre - Helpline (per minute)1.37 per minute1.37 per minute£0

Optional Premium Services / applications made outside the UK

Fees CategoryCurrent FeeNew fee 2016Fee Change 
Priority visa service - settlement£360£450£90
Priority visa service - non-settlement£120£150£30
Super priority visa service£600£750£150
User-pay visa application centre£59£55-£4
Passport pass-back£40£42£2
Visa application centre appointment - outside office hours£50£63£13
International Contact Centre - Webchat (per 10 minute session)£4£4.00£0
International contact centre - Helpline (per minute)£1.37 per minute1.37 per minute£0
Application in person (premium service centre) includes the £100 appointment booking fee - inside office hours£400£500£100
Application in person (premium service centre) includes the £163 appointment booking fee - outside office hoursn/a£563n/a
Appointment booking fee (premium service centre) - inside office hours£100£1000
Appointment booking fee (premium service centre) - outside office hoursn/a£163n/a
Provision of Immigration Officer at the border (hourly rate)£53.08 per hour£53.08 per hour0
Priority postal service£300£375£75
Super premium service£7000£8750£1750
Mobile premium servicen/a£4500n/a
Application in person (super premium and mobile premium services)£400£500£100
Premium status checks and advice (Administrative Officer) (per minute)n/a0.8n/a
Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (inside office hours) [note 3]n/a0.88n/a
Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (outside office hours) [note 3]n/a1.1n/a
Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) n/a0.97n/a
(inside office hours) [note 3]
Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) n/a1.23n/a
(outside office hours) [note 3]
Discretionary services at the border
Registered Traveller Service - yearly subscription£50£500
Registered Traveller Service - registration of initial documents confirming identity£20£200
Registered Traveller Service - registration of subsequent documents confirming identity£20£200
Fast Track - Heathrow terminals 1, 2, 3 and 43.63.60
Fast Track - Other330
Applications made in the UK
Indefinite leave to remain £1500£1875£375
Leave to remain - Other£649£811£162
Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention£649£811£162
Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status - limited leave to remain £183£223£40
TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status - indefinite leave to remain £260£308£48
Biometric residence permit (BRP) / replacement BRP£45£56£11
Request for the provision of a copy of an immigration decision letter, correspondence or applications relating to an individual’s immigration or nationality status.n/a£0.16 per pagen/a
Processing an application which is subsequently rejectedn/a£25n/a
In country biometric enrolment19.2£19.20
Certificate of travel - adult£382£218-£164
Certificate of travel - child£244£109-£135
Convention travel document - adult£72£720
Convention travel document - child£46£460
Retired person of independent means £1224£1530£306
Representative of an overseas business £651£664£13
European residence document (registration certificate, document certifying permanent residence, residence card, accession resident card, derivative residence card, permanent residence card)£65£650
Work permit technical changes£25£31£6
Naturalisation [note 4]£1005£1236£231
Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens£740£925£185
Nationality registration as a British citizen - adult [note 4]£913£1121£208
Nationality registration as a British citizen - child [note 5]£749£936£187
The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony).£80£800
The administration of a citizenship oath, or oath and pledge where the oath, or oath and pledge, are not administered at a citizenship ceremony or by a justice of the peace.£5£50
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons - adult£666£833£167
Nationality registration - British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons - child£599£749£150
Renunciation of nationality£223£272£49
Certificate of entitlement - (right of abode)£223£272£49
Nationality review£80£272£192
Status letter£162£198£36
Non-acquisition letter£162£198£36
Nationality correction to certificate£162£198£36
Life in the UK test£50£500
Nationality - supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration£162£198£36
Administrative review£80£800
Points based system - applications made in the UK
Tier 1 (General) - dependant£1736£1771£35
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) [note 2]£1180£1204£24
Tier 1 (Investor)£1500£1530£30
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) [note 2]£456£465£9
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - initial application [note 2]£281£287£6
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)£281£287£6
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - extension [note 2]£562£574£12
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) - dependant £562£574£12
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) - Long Term Staff, £651£664£13
(Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Short Term Staff, Graduate Trainee & £445£454£9
Skills Transfer [note 2]
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) - Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2] £1302£1328£26
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2]£428£437£9
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2]£856£873£17
Tier 4 £439£448£9
Tier 4 permission to change sponsor [note 6]£179£224£45
Tier 5 [note 2]£225£230£5
Points based system - sponsorship
Premium sponsor scheme - Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor)£25000£250000
Premium sponsor scheme - Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor)£8000£80000
Premium sponsor scheme - Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor) for a period of 3 monthsn/a£6250n/a
Premium sponsor scheme - Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor) for a period of 3 monthsn/a£2000n/a
Premium sponsor scheme - Tier 4 £8000£80000
Tier 2 large sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5)£1476£14760
Tier 2 small sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5 )£536£5360
Tier 4 sponsor licence£536£5360
Tier 5 sponsor licence£536£5360
Add Tier 2 to an existing Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 licence (large sponsor)£940£9400
Basic compliance assessment (previously 'Tier 4 Sponsor status')£536£5360
Sponsor action plan£1476£14760
Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) £199£1990
Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)£21£210
Tier 4 Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS)£21£210
Note 1 : Application fee of £87 where the applicant is a Chinese national applying in mainland China under the Chinese visa scheme
Note 2 : a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for main applicant.
Note 3: Administrative Officer, Executive Officer and Higher Executive Officer are Civil Service staff grades.
Note 4 : the citizenship ceremony fee of £80 has been added to the application fee
Note 5 : Additional £80 per applicant is required to cover the ceremony fee should the minor turn 18 during the application process. This will be requested at point of decision.
Note 6: applies only where current leave was granted under the rules in place between 31/3/2009 and 4/10/2009

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The home office have also released this handy check the price of your VISA tool. (click me to load it up)


We here at UK Immigration Solicitors have worked out some interesting information below, based on the statistics and fees released by the home office…

The Current Average cost of Service or Visa 2015 / 2016
£839
The New Average cost of Service or Visa 2016 / 2017 (after march 18'th price increase)
£924

If you combine these figures with the latest Immigration Statistics you can see how this might benefit the overall UK Economy.

However the main question remains whether the increase in the UK Visa Fees, coupled with the latest Visa Requirements will affect:

  • The total number of applications made
  • The success rates of new applications

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