On 13 July 2023, the UK Government has announced significant increases to Home Office application fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge.
The UK Government has announced that work and visit fees will be increased by 15%, whilst other visas, extensions, settlement and citizenship fees will be increased by at least 20%. In addition, the Immigration Health Surcharge is set to increase from £624 a year to £1,035 a year per adult. The discounted rate for students, children and youth mobility visa holders will also be increased from £470 to £776 per year.
The additional revenue generated from the new fees is intended to contribute to funding pay increases for public sector workers.
How does this affect you?
If you currently hold a UK visa, are looking to relocate to the UK, or you are a UK employer sponsoring overseas migrants, you will have to comply with the increased fees once they come into force. Although no announcement has been published on when the fees will be increased, it is likely that it will take a few months for the changes to be enforced.
Both migrants and employers should consider the short and long-term financial impact of the increases, and may think about submitting upcoming applications as soon as possible to minimise spending costs.
How Gherson can assist
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