The Home Office has announced the new immigration visa fee increases for 2019-2020. The main point to note is that most fees remain the same or see a negligible increase. One exception is the in-country super priority fee (where the Home Office processes an application within 24 hours of attendance at a UKVCAS biometric appointment). The super-priority fee will go up from £610 to £800, a whopping 31% increase. Perhaps the Home Office considers that the recent doubling of the Immigration Health Surcharge is sufficient pain to inflict on visa applicants for the time being.
The key changes are:
6 Month Short Term Visit Visa - £95
2, 5 and 10 Year Long Term Visit Visas:
£361 for the 2-year visa
£655 for the 5-year visa
£822 for the 10-year visa
Academic Visitor and Private Medical Treatment visas - £190
Overseas optional Priority Visa – Non-Settlement service - £220
Increase fees for Priority Services:
In-country Super Priority fee - £800
In-country Priority fee - £500
Out-of-country Priority Visa (General) service fee - £220
Electronic Visa Waiver fee - £30
Border Force Fast Track service at Heathrow Terminals 2,3 and 4 - £5.20
New fees for the “Innovator” and “Start-Up” routes which will replace Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) are at the same level as for the Tier 1 routes they replace, namely:
Start-Up - £363 (out of country) and £493 (in-country)
Innovator - £1,021 (out of country) and £1,277 (in-country)
Tier 5 Seasonal Agricultural Workers Pilot - £244
There are no changes to fees under the sponsorship system, which remain at the level last set in April 2015.
All other fees are being held at the current rate.
Please contact us if you require assistance with your immigration matters.