The Home Office has enacted significant increases to some immigration fees, effective Oct. 4.

Key Points:

  • The cost of a visit visa for under six months has increased by 15%, from £100 to £115.
  • The application fee for a student visa from outside the United Kingdom has risen by nearly 35%, from £363 to £490.
  • Fees for certificates of sponsorship, settlement, citizenship, entry clearance and leave to remain have increased by 20% or more, while some visa fees have been dropped.

Background: The U.K. government announced these fee increases along with increases in the immigration health surcharge in July. The immigration health surcharge is set to rise by 66%, from £624 per year to £1,035. The government has not announced when the surcharge will go into effect but will likely be in 2024.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group.

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