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UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees for 2016/2017

On 26 February 2016, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced that new fees for 2016/2017 will come into effect on 18 March 2016.

What are the Main Changes?

  • There is a small increase of 2% for work, study and visit visas;
  • Applications made outside the UK under Tier 2 of the Points Based System have increased from £564 to £575 for a three year visa, and from £1128 to £1151 for a visa issued for up to five years;
  • Applications made in-country have increased from £651 to £664 for a three year visa, and from £1,302 to £1,328 for a visa issued for a period of five years;
  • The same fees will apply for each dependent. The cost for assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to an individual has remained the same at £199;
  • Applications submitted via the Priority Postal Service for in-country applications have increased by 25% from £300 to £375;
  • Settlement applications have increased by 25% from £1,500 to £1,875. The same fees will apply for each dependent;
  • In-country applications made in-person via the same-say service at a Premium Service Centre have increased by 25% from £400 to £500;
  • The fees for Nationality applications have increased by 25%. Each individual applying will now be required to pay £1156 in place of the previous fee of £1005;
  • Sponsor Licence applications will remain the same as the previous year.

For the full list of fee changes for 2016/2017 see here.

Background

The Government recently confirmed a maximum amount UKVI can charge over the next four-year period for immigration and nationality applications. This has been done by establishing ‘maximum levels’ for fees that are vastly above the fees currently in operation. This could lead to significant future cost increases for business and migrants.

Action Items

  • Ensure global mobility planning takes into account the new visa and immigration fees.

The information in this alert was provided by Dearson Winyard, Newland Chase and Definitive.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.