What are the changes to UK visa priority processing fees?

28 Sep 2023, 28 mins ago

The UK Government has now confirmed that priority processing service fees are set to change significantly from 4 October 2023. Further to our recent blog regarding increases to UK visa application fees, this blog will look at the changes to the priority service fees for visa applications being submitted from inside and outside the UK.

For applications submitted outside the UK, the priority service fee for settlement visa applications will surprisingly decrease from £573 to £500. However, for non-settlement applications, the fee will double from £250 to £500. Where the super priority service is available, the fee will increase from £956 to £1,000.

For applications submitted inside the UK, the priority service will stay at £500, but the super priority service will see an increase from £800 to £1,000.

The UK Government has discussed such prices in the context of having a self-funded immigration and borders system. UK-based employers will need to factor these additional costs in when hiring overseas skilled and specialist workers. We would suggest that businesses assess how these changes may affect their recruitment and budget, in order to take appropriate action as soon as possible.

These changes will take effect from 4 October 2023. To review a complete list of the changes in the UK visa fees, please select the following link: Home Office immigration and nationality fees: 4 October 2023

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