The Home Office has now confirmed the date it will increase immigration and nationality application fees – 4 October 2023. In July 2023 the Government announced that it would significantly increase immigration fees (by 15-35%) in order to reduce the contribution of British taxpayers to run the immigration and nationality system, but had not until now set a date for these changes.
Whilst immigration and nationality fees increase from 4 October, the planned increase to the Immigration Skills Charge (by 66%) will not come into effect until later this Autumn.
From 4 October fees for the following will increase:
- Visit visas for up to 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 year
- The majority entry clearance and certain applications for leave to remain in the UK including those for work and study
- Indefinite leave to enter and indefinite leave to remain.
- Convention travel document and stateless person’s travel document.
- Health and Care visa.
- Certificates of sponsorship and confirmation of acceptance for studies.
- Super priority service and the out-of-country priority service
- Applications to Register and Naturalise as a British Citizen.
- User Pays Visa Application service.
A full list of the new fees can be found on the Home Office website.
We recommend that those intending on making a UK visa or nationality application seek advice as to whether they are eligible to apply before 4 October in order to benefit from the current lower fees.