‌In a recent speech, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced significant increases in some immigration fees and the immigration health surcharge.

Key Points:

  • Fees for work and visit visas will go up by 15%.
  • Fees for student visas as well as certificates of sponsorship, settlement, citizenship, entry clearance, and leave to remain applications will increase by at least 20%.
  • Some visa fees will be dropped, including those for amending details on physical documents and for replacing biometric residence permits.
  • Immigration health surcharge rates will increase from £624 to £1,035 per year. Students’ and children’s discounted rate will go up from £470 to £776 a year.

Additional Information: Officials have not yet announced when these measures will take effect. The fee increases will be used to help fund pay raises for certain public sector jobs. BAL will continue following the pending increases and will provide information as it becomes available.

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