Stay informed about the recent announcement made by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, regarding the UK government’s decision to raise various visa fees. In this updated post, I will delve into the details of these fee changes and their potential implications.
UK Visa Fees to Increase
It was announced in the House of Commons yesterday by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, that the UK government has decided to increase a range of different visa fees.
The most significant increase will be to the Immigration Health Surcharge which will increase by 65.9% per year. The fees will increase from £624 per year to £1,035 per year for workers and dependants over the age of 18. The discounted rate for dependents under the age of 18, students and those who come to the UK under the Youth Mobility route, will increase by 65.1% per year.
The discounted rate will increase from £470 per year to £776 per year. This means that a Skilled Worker applying for a 5 year visa will have to pay £5,175, which is an increase of £2,055 from the current rate.
Mr Glen stated that the Immigration Health Surcharge was increasing as it “(has) been frozen for the past three years, despite high inflation and wider pressures facing the economy and the system in general [the increase was] to ensure that it covers the full healthcare costs of those who pay it.”
Furthermore, Mr Glen announced that the UK Government will increase visa fees. Work and visitor visas will increase by 15%, meaning a 5 year Skilled Worker visa from outside the UK would increase to £1,420.25, meaning that it would increase by £185.25.
There will also be 20% increases in fees for Student visas, certificates of sponsorship, settlement and citizenship applications. This means that student visa fees outside the UK would increase by £72.60, meaning it would cost £435.60. Certificates of sponsorship will increase by £39.80 meaning it would cost £238.80 per certificate of sponsorship. Please note that the final visa fees have not yet been announced.
Although there was some good news, as the £19.80 biometric enrolment fee will be scrapped, as will the £161 charge for transfer of conditions applications.
There could be massive changes coming to fees, and with a general election next year, this could be a key issue.
As the UK government prepares to implement the proposed visa fee increases, businesses and individuals alike should closely monitor these developments. With the potential for significant changes in fees on the horizon, it becomes crucial to stay informed and adapt accordingly.
Keep an eye on future updates, particularly in light of the upcoming general election, as visa fees could emerge as a prominent issue during this time.