Government Unveils Significant Immigration Fee Rise
In a recent announcement, the government has disclosed substantial revisions to immigration fees, along with the immigration health surcharge. Additionally, some fees will be eliminated altogether.
Here's a summary of the changes:
The immigration health surcharge rate will rise from £624 to £1,035 per year.
Immigration and nationality fees will see a 15% increase for work and visit visas.
Student visas, certificates of sponsorship, settlement, citizenship, entry clearance, and leave to remain applications will be subject to a minimum of 20% fee increase.
The cost of a settlement application will consequently escalate to at least £2,885 per person.
Notably, the £19.20 fee for biometric enrollment and the £161 charge for transfer of conditions will be abolished.
Amendments to physical document details, such as name, sex marker, nationality, and photograph, will no longer incur fees.
Fees for like-for-like replacement of an expired biometric residence permit will also be waived.
Furthermore, student and priority service applications, both within and outside the UK, will be standardized in terms of cost.
The specific timing of these changes was not provided in the announcement.
The authority to establish immigration and nationality fees was granted to the Home Secretary by the Immigration Act 2014.
If you're considering an immigration application, it is advisable to take action promptly rather than delaying.