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Above-inflation increase in immigration and nationality fees for 2018/19

Above-inflation increase in immigration and nationality fees for 2018/19

New fees for immigration and nationality applications come into effect on 6 April 2018. They represent an increase on the charges for 2017/18, although the rise is not so swingeing as in previous years. The eye-watering price of a dependent relative application (£3,250) has been held steady (thanks a lot) and the cost of an application for a refugee dependant relative actually reduced a little. But in many categories, fees go up by 4%, which is still above inflation. That takes the fee for an indefinite leave to remain application to £2,389 and a naturalisation application to £1,330. Certain other nationality applications have gone up 16%.

This is all before the immigration health surcharge is added to the cost of an application. It is set to double at some point in 2018, which will mean an extra £400 per year per migrant for all limited leave visas other than visits (£300 for students).

Many suspect the Home Office makes a hefty profit on these fees. They are correct. The actual cost of processing an ILR application is £243 and a naturalisation application costs the Home Office £372. Most outrageous is the application fee for registering a child as British. The fee in 2018/19 has now broken through the £1,000 barrier, but the actual cost is again £372.

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It is not just individual migrants who are being squeezed for fees. The Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017 impose on employers who recruit foreign workers from outside the EU 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 some exemptions apply. The charge only applies to new recruits, not existing ones.

The full list of old fees, new fees, the fee change and the percentage change compared to last year is below:

Home Office Immigration & Nationality Charges 2018
Fees category Current Fee New fee from 6 April 2018 Fee Change % Change

Visas / applications made outside the UK

Visit visa < 6 months £89 £93 £4 4
Visit visa < 2 years [note 1] £337 £350 £13 4
Visit visa < 5 years £612 £636 £24 4
Visit visa <10 years £767 £798 £31 4
Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months £179 £186 £7 4
Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £179 £186 £7 4
Short term student visa (up to 6 months) £93 £97 £4 4
Short term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £179 £186 £7 4
Settlement £1,464 £1,523 £59 4
Settlement – other dependant relative £3,250 £3,250 £0 0
Settlement – refugee dependant relative £423 £388 (£35) -8.3
Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules. £2,297 £2,389 £92 4
Transit visa – (direct airside transit) £34 £35 £1 4
Transit visit visa (landside transit) £62 £64 £2 4
Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft £62 £64 £2 4
Representative of an overseas business £587 £610 £23 4
Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) £169 £154 (£15) -9
Other visa £496 £516 £20 4
Electronic Visa Waiver £15 £15 £0 0
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £423 £388 (£35) -8.3
Transfer of conditions (Vignette transfer) £169 £154 (£15) -9
Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) £137 £142 £5 4
Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents £136 £141 £5 4

Points based system – applications made outside the UK

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) [note 2] £982 £1,021 £39 4
Tier 1 (Investor) £1,561 £1,623 £62 4
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £292 £456 £164 56
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – subsequent application [note 2] £585 £608 £23 4
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) [note 2] £349 £363 £14 4
Tier 1 (Post-study Work) – dependant £581 £604 £23 4
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant £982 £1,021 £39 4
Tier 1 (General) – dependant £982 £1,021 £39 4
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2] £587 £610 £23 4
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] £1,174 £1,220 £46 4
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2] £446 £464 £18 4
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2] £892 £928 £36 4
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee, [note 2] £463 £482 £19 4
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)Short Term Staff – dependant £463 £482 £19 4
Tier 4 £335 £348 £13 4
Tier 5 [note 2] £235 £244 £9 4

Optional Premium Services outside the UK

Priority visa service – settlement £551 £573 £22 4
Priority visa service – non-settlement £184 £212 £28 15
Super priority visa service £919 £956 £37 4
User-pay visa application centre £55 £55 £0 0
International Contact Centre – Email Service (commences 1 June 2017) £5.48 £5.48 n/a  0
International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute) 1.37 per minute 1.37 per minute n/a 0

Optional Premium Services in the UK

Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre) £490 £510 £20 4
Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre) – appointment booking fee £100 £100 £0 0
Expedited processing of an application (premium service centre) – outside office hours fee £75 £75 n/a 0
Provision of Immigration Officer at the border (hourly rate) £53.08 per hour £53.08 per hour £0 0
Priority service £459 £477 £18 4
Super premium service £10,500 £10,500 £0 0
Application in person (super premium service) £590 £610 £20 3.4
Premium status checks and advice (Administrative Officer) (per minute, per officer) £0.80 £0.80 n/a 0
[note 3]
Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (inside office hours) (per minute, per officer) [note 3] £0.88 £0.88 n/a 0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Executive Officer) (outside office hours) [note 3] £1.10 £1.10 n/a 0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) (inside office hours) [note 3] £0.97 £0.97 n/a 0
Premium status checks, advice or training (Higher Executive Officer) (outside office hours) [note 3] £1.23 £1.23 n/a 0

Optional Premium Services at the border

Registered Traveller Service – yearly subscription £50 £50 £0 0
Registered traveller Service child – yearly subscription £24 £24 £0 0
Registered Traveller Service – registration of documents £20 £20 £0 0
Fast Track – Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 £3.90 £3.90 £0 0
Fast Track – Other £3 £3 £0 0

Applications made in the UK

Indefinite leave to remain £2,297 £2,389 £92 4
Leave to remain – Other £993 £1,033 £40 4
Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention £993 £1,033 £40 4
Leave to remain as a visitor £993 £993 £0 0
Retired person of independent means £1,874 £1,949 £75 4
Representative of an overseas business £677 £704 £27 4
Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – limited leave to remain £168 £161 (£7) -4
TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – indefinite leave to remain £237 £229 (£8) -3.5
Biometric residence permit (BRP) / replacement BRP £56 £56 £0 0
Biometric enrolment £19.20 £19.20 £0.00 0
European residence document (registration certificate, document certifying permanent residence, residence card, accession resident card, derivative residence card, permanent residence card) £65 £65 £0 0
Administrative review £80 £80 £0 0
Processing an application which is subsequently rejected £25 £25 n/a 0
Certificate of travel – adult £267 £280 £13 5
Certificate of travel – child £134 £141 £7 5
Convention travel document – adult £72 £75 £3 4
Convention travel document – child £46 £49 £3 7
Naturalisation fee to include citizenship ceremony fee as per [note 4] £1,282 £1,330 £48 4
Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens £962 £1,000 £38 4
Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult [note 4] £1,163 £1,206 £43 4
Nationality registration as a British citizen – child [note 5] £973 £1,012 £39 4
The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony). £80 £80 £0 0
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 £0 0
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – adult £866 £901 £35 4
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – child £779 £810 £31 4
Renunciation of nationality £321 £372 £51 16
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £321 £372 £51 16
Nationality review £321 £372 £51 16

Applications made in the UK

Status letter £234 £250 £16 6.7
Non-acquisition letter £234 £250 £16 6.7
Nationality correction to certificate £234 £250 £16 6.7
Life in the UK test £50 £50 £0 0
Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration £234 £250 £16 6.7

Points based system – applications made in the UK

Tier 1 (General) – dependant £1,806 £1,878 £72 4
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) [note 2] £1,228 £1,277 £49 4
Tier 1 (Investor) £1,561 £1,623 £62 4
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) [note 2] £474 £493 £19 4
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application [note 2] £293 £152 (£141) -48
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) £292 £456 £164 56
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – extension [note 2] £585 £608 £23 4
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant £585 £608 £23 4
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2] £677 £704 £27 1.9
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] £1,354 £1,408 £54 4
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less [note 2] £446 £464 £18 4
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years [note 2] £892 £928 £36 4
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee [note 2] £463 £482 £19 4
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Short Term Staff – dependant £463 £482 £19 4
Tier 4 £457 £475 £18 4
Tier 5 [note 2] £235 £244 £9 4

Points based system – sponsorship

Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor) £25,000 £25,000 £0 0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor) £8,000 £8,000 £0 0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (large sponsor) for a period of 3 months £6,250 £6,250 £0 0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tiers 2 & 5 (small sponsor) for a period of 3 months £2,000 £2,000 n/a 0
Premium sponsor scheme – Tier 4 £8,000 £8,000 £0 0
Premium Change of Circumstances £200 £200 £0 0
Tier 2 large sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5) £1,476 £1,476 £0 0
Tier 2 small sponsor licence (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5 ) £536 £536 £0 0
Tier 4 sponsor licence £536 £536 £0 0
Tier 5 sponsor licence £536 £536 £0 0
Add Tier 2 to an existing Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 licence (large sponsor) £940 £940 £0 0
Basic compliance assessment (previously ‘Tier 4 Sponsor status’) £536 £536 £0 0
Sponsor action plan £1,476 £1,476 £0 0
Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) £199 £199 £0 0
Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) £21 £21 £0 0
Tier 4 Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) £21 £21 £0 0
Note 1: Application fee of £93 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.

This article is updated annually to reflect the coming year’s fees. Older versions of the post stated the fees applicable at the time, which for reference can be found at UK visa fees. The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 is the authoritative source for the 2018/19 rates.

 

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