On Friday 16th March 2018, the Home Office published the new immigration and nationality fees that will apply to all Home Office applications submitted on or after 6th April 2018.
As expected, the fees payable for most visa applications are due to rise, but at different rates. Most Points Based System application fees will rise by 4%, including Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur, Tier 2 General and Intra Company Transfer, Tier 4 Student, and Tier 5 temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme categories. For example, the new visa application fee for a prospective investor will rise from £1,561 to £1,623. In previous years these increases have been lower, with most Point Based System applications rising by 2% in 2016 and 2017.
The application fee for entry clearance under the settlement routes, such as spouse applications under Appendix FM, along with the application fees for further leave to remain under similar categories will also be increased by 4%. For example, if you are the spouse of a British national applying for an extension to your leave to remain after 6 April 2018, you will have to pay 4% more, i.e. an increase from £993 to £1,033. The 4% increase will be applied to the indefinite leave to remain fee as well, which will rise from £2,297 to £2,389 for applications submitted after 6 April 2018. This is in contrast to steep increases from previous years; the same fees were increased by 22.5% in April 2017 and over 25% in 2016.
Interestingly, the fees for the Home Office Same-Day Premium Service will increase by £20, from £590 to £610. The fee for this service was previously increased by £100 in April 2017. The Home Office Super Premium Service fee will remain unchanged at £10,500. This is the first time that the Home Office has not increased the fees for this service since 2014.
Most nationality fees will also increase by 4%, which is the same rate of increase as in April 2017. The fees for EEA applications have not been affected and will remain £65.
The increases in Home Office immigration fees come at a time when the Home Office continues to place stricter restrictions on immigration, with net migration numbers falling. Earlier this year the government also announced plans to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge in a bid to generate more revenue from migration.
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