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Immigration: Increase in fees for visa applications

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By Hilary Larter & Ceri Fuller

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Published 06 October 2023

Overview

The Home Office has announced an increase in the application fees for future visa applications for recruiting workers into the UK.

The facts

The relevant application fees affected are as follows:

Visa category (out of country application)

Current fee

New fee effective 4 October 2023

OC Skilled worker (3 year or less)

£625

£719

OC Skilled worker (more than 3 years)

£1,235

£1,420

OC Skilled worker (shortage) (3 years or less)

£479

£551

OC Skilled worker (shortage) (more than 3 years)

£943

£1,084

Certificate of Sponsorship assigning fee

£199

£239

For example, a skilled worker application out of country for 3 years would now cost £5,830 (£719 application fee, £239 CoS assigning fee, £3,000 Immigration Skill Surcharge, £1,872 Immigration Health Surcharge) compared to the previous £5,696.

Visa category (in country application)

Current fee

New fee effective 4 October 2023

IC Skilled worker (3 year or less)

£719

£827

IC Skilled worker (more than 3 years)

£1423

£1,500

IC Skilled worker (shortage) (3 years or less)

£479

£551

IC Skilled worker (shortage) (more than 3 years)

£943

£1,084

Indefinite Leave to Remain

£2,404

£2,885

Certificate of Sponsorship assigning fee

£199

£239

For example, switching from a graduate visa for a 3-year Skilled Worker visa would now cost £5,938 (£827 application fee, £239 CoS assigning fee, £3000 Immigration Skill Surcharge, £1,872 Immigration Health Surcharge) compared to the previous £5,790.

What does this mean for employers?

The increase is effective from 4 October 2023.

Employers should also note that the Immigration Health Surcharge (currently £624 per year) will be significantly increased in early 2024. As yet, there is no date for the increase.

Please contact Allan Briddock at abriddock@dacbeachcroft.com if you have any questions on this, or any other immigration related matters.

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