Despite a cost of living crisis, the Home Office has published, new visa fees that are set to come into effect this month. From 4 October there will be significant increases to government visa fees that will impact both employers and employees. These changes include 15% to 25% increases that the Home Office maintain is vital in their ability “to run a sustainable immigration and nationality system”.
The New Immigration Fees
- Sponsored work visas including Skilled Workers and visa under the Global Business Mobility will increase by 15% with a 20% increase for employers assigning Certificates of Sponsorship from £199 to £239 and for temporary workers up from £21 to £25. It should be noted that no changes have been announced to increase the mandatory immigration skills charge (ISC) at this stage.
- Priority services used by employers to expedite visa applications from overseas will double from £250 to £500 with in country applications at £500 for the one week priority service and £1,000 for a 24 hour turnaround, known as the super priority service.
- Other increases include Graduate visas rising from £715 to £822 and student visas from overseas rising from £363 to £490.
- Settlement and Nationality fees will increase by 20% up to £2,885 for indefinite leave to remain applications and £1,500 for British citizenship.
- Visitor visas are increasing by 15% to £115 from £100 for a standard visit visa and fees for multiple entry visas for two, three and five years will increase to £400, £771 and £963 respectively.
- Fees for other work routes such as the Global Talent, High Potential Individual visa, Scale up and Innovator Founder visa routes will also increase by 15%.
A full list of the new fees effective from 4 October can be found at Home Office immigration and nationality fees: 4 October 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For employers who do not have a sponsor licence, there are no fee increases to apply for a licence that remain at £536 for a small sponsors and £1,476 for a large sponsors. It is however vital for employers who do currently have a sponsor licence to reconsider and plan budget increases for sponsorship of workers from autumn, unless applications can be made before the changes come into force.