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Immigration and nationality fees for 2021/22

Immigration and nationality fees for 2021/22

The updated list of fees for immigration and nationality applications that apply from 6 April 2021 shows that all remain unchanged from last year. This marks the third financial year running that headline application fees have been largely frozen, having last increased significantly in April 2018.

There is a catch: the Immigration Health Surcharge, a separate tax on immigration, has increased sharply over that period. In 2018, the health surcharge was £200 a year. A spouse applying for permission to remain in the UK would have paid £1,033 in processing fees for permission lasting two and a half years, plus £500 in health surcharge. The health surcharge doubled at the start of 2019 and rose further to £624 a year in October 2020. So even with the headline fee staying the same, the total cost of that spouse application had jumped from £1,533 to £2,593 — a 69% rise — in just a few years.

Money from the Immigration Health Surcharge is ringfenced for the NHS, but the Home Office makes a still hefty profit on the processing fees. A migrant applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK has to pay £2,389. The cost to the Home Office of processing an ILR application is £243 — so the fee is set at ten times higher than the actual administrative cost. A Skilled Worker visa for someone working in a “shortage occupation”, where the UK is desperate for workers, has an administrative cost of £127 but is charged at up to £928.

Most outrageous of all is the application fee for registering a child as British. The fee in 2021/22 is still over £1,000, but the actual cost is £372. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal found that the Home Office had failed to assess the best interests of children in setting this fee, although it remains in place for the time being.

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It is not just individual migrants who are being squeezed for fees. Employers who recruit foreign workers face a charge of £1,000 per worker per year. (A lower charge of £364 per worker per year is applicable to small businesses and universities and there are some exemptions.) The charge only applies to new recruits, not existing ones, but thanks to Brexit it now applies to new arrivals from the EU.

The full list of old fees and new fees is below. We have omitted the column showing the change from last year because it is £0 in all cases.

Visas and applications made outside the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Visit visa < 6 months £95 £95
Visit visa < 2 years [footnote 1] £361 £361
Visit visa < 5 years £655 £655
Visit visa <10 years £822 £822
Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months £190 £190
Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £190 £190
Transit visa – (direct airside transit) £35 £35
Transit visit visa (landside transit) £64 £64
Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft £64 £64
Electronic Visa Waiver £30 £30
Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) £154 £154
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £388 £388
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer) £154 £154
Short term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £186 £186
Representative of an overseas business – main applicant and dependants £610 £610
Other visa £516 £516
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months n/a £180
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years n/a £250
Route to Settlement £1,523 £1,523
Route to Settlement – other dependant relative £3,250 £3,250
Route to Settlement – refugee dependant relative £388 £388
Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules. £2,389 £2,389
Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) – service of consular officers £142 £142
Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents – consular functions £141 £141
Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid £25 £25
Administrative review n/a £80

Work – applications made outside the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Innovator[footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1021 £1021
Start-up[footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £363 £363
Approval letter in respect of an initial application for Global Talent £456 £456
Global Talent – initial application[footnote 2] £152 £152
Global Talent – subsequent application[footnote 2] £608 £608
Global Talent – dependant £608 £608
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only £608 £608
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – main applicants and dependants [footnote 2] £1,021 £1,021
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – dependants only £363 £363
Tier 1 (Investor) – main applicant and dependants £1,623 £1,623
Skilled worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £610 £610
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1,220 £1,220
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £464 £464
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £928 £928
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £232 £232
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £464 £464
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £232 £232
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £464 £464
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £610 £610
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1,220 £1,220
Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £482 £482
T5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme – main applicant and dependants [footnote 2] £244 £244

Study – applications made outside the UK

Fees category Old Fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Student – main applicant and dependants £348 £348
Child Student £348 £348

Optional premium services outside the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Priority visa service – settlement £573 £573
Priority visa service – non-settlement £220 £220
Super priority visa service £956 £956
User-pay visa application centre £55 £55
International Contact Centre – Email Service (per query) £2.74 £2.74
International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute) £0.69 £0.69

Optional premium services in the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Super Priority service £800 £800
Expedited processing – Priority service £500 £500
On-Demand service (Mobile Biometric Enrolment) (per hour per representative of the contractor providing the service) £650 £650
The provision of an immigration officer to deliver any premium service, to a Government Department, relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom £57.33 £57.33
The provision of an immigration officer to deliver any premium service, relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom £77.40 £77.40
Premium status checks and advice – Administrative Officer (per minute)[footnote 4] £0.80 £0.80
Premium status checks, advice or training – Executive Officer (inside office hours) (per minute) [footnote 4] £0.88 £0.88
Premium status checks, advice or training – Executive Officer (outside office hours) (per minute) [footnote 4] £1.10 £1.10
Premium status checks, advice or training – Higher Executive Officer (inside office hours) (per minute) [footnote 4] £0.97 £0.97
Premium status checks, advice or training – Higher Executive Officer (outside office hours) (per minute) [footnote 4] £1.23 £1.23

Discretionary services at the border

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Registered Traveller (Adult) – Yearly Subscription £50 £50
Registered Traveller (Child) – Yearly Subscription £24 £24
Registered Traveller – Registration of New Documents £20 £20
Fast Track – Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 £5.20 £5.20
Fast Track – Other £3.00 £3.00

Work – applications made in the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Innovator [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1,277 £1,277
Start-Up [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £493 £493
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Global Talent £456 £456
Global Talent – initial application [footnote 2] £152 £152
Global Talent – extension [footnote 2] £608 £608
Global Talent – dependant £608 £608
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only £608 £608
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1,277 £1,277
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – dependants only £493 £493
Tier 1 (Investor) – main applicant and dependants £1,623 £1,623
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £704 £704
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1,408 £1,408
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £464 £464
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £928 £928
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £232 £232
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] [footnote 3] -main applicant and dependants £464 £464
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £232 £232
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] [footnote 3] – main applicant and dependants £464 £464
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £704 £704
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson, T2 Minister of Religion where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £1,408 £1,408
Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee [footnote 2] – main applicant and dependants £482 £482
T5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker – main applicant and dependants [footnote 2] £244 £244

Study – applications made in the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Student – main applicant and dependants £475 £475
Child student £475 £475

Other applications made in the UK

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Visitor Extension – main applicant and dependants £993 £993
Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention £1,033 £1,033
Leave to remain – Other £1,033 £1,033
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months n/a £180
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years n/a £250
Retired person of independent means £1,949 £1,949
Representative of an overseas business – main applicant and dependants £704 £704
Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid £25 £25
Indefinite leave to remain – main applicants and dependants £2,389 £2,389
Biometric enrolment £19.20 £19.20
Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – limited leave to remain £161 £161
TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – indefinite leave to remain £229 £229
Replacement Biometric residence card (issued under the EU Settlement Scheme) £56 £56
Replacement Biometric residence permit (BRP) / replacement BRP £56 £56
Certificate of travel – adult £280 £280
Certificate of travel – child £141 £141
Convention travel document – adult £75 £75
Convention travel document – child £49 £49
European residence document (registration certificate, document certifying permanent residence, residence card, accession resident card, derivative residence card, permanent residence card) £65 £65
Administrative review £80 £80
Life in the UK test £50 £50

Nationality

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Naturalisation [footnote 5] £1,330 £1,330
Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens £1,000 £1,000
Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult [footnote 5] £1,206 £1,206
Nationality registration as a British citizen – child [footnote 6] £1,012 £1,012
The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony). £80 £80
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 £5
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – adult £901 £901
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – child £810 £810
Renunciation of nationality £372 £372
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £372 £372
Nationality review £372 £372
Status letter £250 £250
Non-acquisition letter £250 £250
Nationality correction to certificate £250 £250
Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration £250 £250

Sponsorship

Fees category Old fee New fee from 6 April 2021
Premium Sponsor Service (12 months) Worker sponsor and Temporary worker sponsor – large sponsors £25,000 £25,000
Premium Sponsor Service (12 months) Worker sponsor and Temporary worker sponsor – small sponsors £8,000 £8,000
Premium Sponsor Service (12 months) Student sponsors £8,000 £8,000
The expedited processing of a sponsorship management request made by a Worker sponsor or Temporary worker sponsor £200 £200
Priority service for expedited processing of sponsor licence applications £500 £500
Worker sponsor licence and Temporary Worker sponsor licence – large sponsor £1,476 £1,476
Worker sponsor licence (small sponsor) £536 £536
Student sponsor licence £536 £536
Temporary Worker sponsor licence £536 £536
Worker sponsor licence (large sponsor), (where sponsor currently holds a Temporary Worker and/or Student Sponsor Licence) £940 £940
Student sponsor basic compliance assessment £536 £536
Sponsor action plan £1,476 £1,476
Certificate Of Sponsorship (COS) for Skilled Worker, T2 Minister of Religion, T2 Sportsperson, Intra-company Transfer, Intra-company Transfer Graduate Trainee [footnote 2] £199 £199
Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for T5 (Temporary worker) [footnote 2] £21 £21
Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) for student, child student £21 £21

Footnotes:

  1. Application fee of £95 where the applicant is a Chinese national applying in mainland China under the Chinese visa scheme.

  2. A Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for main applicant. Further details can be found in the CESC guidance.

  3. Skilled Worker visa fees are reduced for those qualifying for Health and Care Visa and the fees after reductions are shown above.

  4. Administrative Officer, Executive Officer and Higher Executive Officer are Civil Service staff grades.

  5. The citizenship ceremony fee of £80 has been added to the application fee.

  6. 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.

This article shows the fees in force on the date of publication shown above. Older versions of this article stated the fees applicable at the time, which for reference can be found at UK visa fees. The authoritative source for visa fees is the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulation 2018, as amended.

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.