UK Visa Application Fees 2023

by | Jun 30, 2023 | UK Immigration

UK Visas & Immigration, also commonly referred to as UKVI, is the division of the Home Office responsible for the UK’s visa system. The UKVI requires individuals applying for visas to pay a processing fee. And the amount you need to pay varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for and where you are applying from.

It’s important for applicants to be aware that there might be extra expenses associated with their application, such as the Immigration Health Surcharge. Seeking professional guidance will help ensure a clear understanding of all the costs involved when submitting an application to the Home Office.

This post contains a table with the most up-to-date visa costs for the UK updated on 29 June 2023.

Visas and applications made outside the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Visit visa – short up to 6 months£100
Visit visa – long up to 2 years £376
Visit visa – long up to 5 years£670
Visit visa – long up to 10 years£837
Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months£200
Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months£200
Transit visa (direct airside transit)£35
Transit visit visa (landside transit)£64
Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft£64
Electronic Visa Waiver£30
Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)£154
Certificate of Entitlement Nationality Right of Abode (outside the UK)£388
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette Transfer) application made overseas£154
Other visa£531
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months – main applicant and dependants£180
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years – main applicant and dependants£250
Route to Settlement£1,538
Route to Settlement – other dependant relative£3,250
Route to Settlement – refugee dependant relative£388
Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules.£2,404
Indefinite leave to enter the UK as a foreign or Commonwealth citizen discharged from HM Forces under paragraph 13 of Appendix Armed Forces to the immigration rules.£2,404
Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) – service of consular officers£142
Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents – consular functions£141
Administrative review£80

Other applications made in the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Visitor Extension – main applicant and dependants£1000
Leave to enter for persons in the UK who are liable to immigration detention£1,048
Leave to remain– Other£1,048
Hong Kong British National (In-country) for 30 months – main applicant and dependants£180
Hong Kong British National (In-country) for 5 years – main applicant and dependants£250
Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid£25
Indefinite leave to remain – main applicants and dependants£2,404
Biometric enrolment and / or re-use of recorded biometric information (the £19.20 fee is not payable for applications for indefinite leave or limited to remain or nationality)£19.20
TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – limited leave to remain£161
Replacement Biometric Residence Card (issued under the EU Settlement Scheme)£19
Replacement Biometric Residence Permit£19
Travel Document – Certificate of travel – adult£280
Travel Document – Certificate of travel – child£141
Travel Document – Convention travel document – adult£75
Travel Document – Convention travel document – child£49
Administrative Review£80
Life in the UK test£50

Work – applications made outside the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Innovator Founder – main applicant and dependants£1,036
Endorsement fee under Innovator Founder route (payable to endorsing body) excluding VAT£1000
Start-up – main applicant and dependants£378
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Global Talent£456
Global Talent – main applicant – where Approval Letter is required£167
Global Talent – main applicant – where Approval Letter is not required£623
Global Talent – dependants only£623
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only£623
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – dependants only£1,036
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – dependants only£378
Tier 1 (Investor) – main applicant and dependants£1,638
Skilled worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£625
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£1,235
Skilled Worker – shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£479
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£943
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£247
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£479
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£247
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£479
T2 Minister of Religion – main applicant and dependants£625
International Sportsperson where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for 12 months or less – main applicant and dependants£259
International Sportsperson where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over 12 months – main applicant and dependants£625
Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative Worker, International Agreement, Government Authorised Exchange and Youth Mobility Scheme – main applicant and dependants£259
Representative of an overseas business – main applicant and dependants£625
Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker – up to 3 years – main applicant and dependants£625
Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker – more than 3 years – main applicant and dependants£1,235
Global Business Mobility – Graduate Trainee – main applicant and dependants£259
Global Business Mobility – Service Supplier – main applicant and dependants£259
Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker – main applicant and dependants£259
Global Business Mobility – Secondment Worker – main applicant and dependants£259
Scale-up – main applicant and dependants£715
High Potential Individual – main applicant and dependants£715

Work – applications made in the UK

Fees categoryCurrent Fee
Innovator Founder – main applicant and dependants£1,292
Endorsement fee under Innovator Founder route (payable to endorsing body) excluding VAT£1000
Start-up – main applicant and dependants£508
Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Global Talent£456
Global Talent – main applicant – where Approval Letter is required£167
Global Talent – main applicant – where Approval Letter is not required£623
Global Talent – dependants only£623
Graduate Route – main applicant and dependants£715
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only£623
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – main applicant and dependants£1,292
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – dependants only£508
Tier 1 (Investor) – main applicant and dependants£1,638
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£719
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£1,423
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£479
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£943
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£247
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£479
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants£247
Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation –Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants£479
T2 Minister of Religion – main applicant and dependants£719
International Sportsperson where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for 12 months or less – main applicant and dependants£259
International Sportsperson where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over 12 months – main applicant and dependants£719
Temporary Worker – Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme – main applicant and dependants£259
Representative of an overseas business – main applicant and dependants£719
Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker – up to 3 years – main applicant and dependants£719
Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker – more than 3 years – main applicant and dependants£1,423
Global Business Mobility – Graduate Trainee – main applicant and dependants£259
Global Business Mobility – Service Supplier – main applicant and dependants£259
Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker – main applicant and dependants£259
Global Business Mobility – Secondment Worker – main applicant and dependants£259
Scale-up – main applicant and dependants£715
High Potential Individual – main applicant and dependants£715

Study – applications made outside the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Student – main applicant and dependants£363
Child Student£363
Short term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months£200

Study – applications made in the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Student – main applicant and dependants£490
Child student£490

Nationality

CategoryCurrent Fee
Naturalisation (British citizenship) £1,250
Naturalisation British overseas territory citizens£1,000
Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult £1,126
Nationality registration as a British citizen – child £1,012
The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony).£80
The administration of a citizenship oath, or oath and pledge where the oath, or oath and pledge, are not administered at a citizenship ceremony or by a justice of the peace.£5
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – adult£901
Nationality registration – British overseas territory citizen, British overseas citizens, British Subjects, British protected persons – child£810
Renunciation of nationality£372
Certificate of Entitlement Nationality Right of Abode (In the UK)£372
Nationality review£372
Status Letter (Nationality)£250
Non-acquisition Letter (Nationality)£250
Nationality correction to certificate£250
Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration£250

Optional premium services outside the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Priority Visa service – Settlement£573
Priority Visa service – Non-Settlement£250
Super Priority Visa service£956
User Pays Visa Application service£55
The provision of an immigration officer to provide any premium service relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom (per hour per officer)£77.40
International Contact Centre – Email Service (per query)£2.74
International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute)£0.69

Optional premium services in the UK

CategoryCurrent Fee
Super Priority service£800
Expedited processing – Priority service£500
On-Demand service (Mobile Biometric Enrolment) (per hour per representative of the contractor providing the service)£650
The provision of an immigration officer to deliver any premium service, to a Government Department, relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom£57.33
The provision of an immigration officer to deliver any premium service, relating to entry into or transit through the United Kingdom (per hour per officer)£77.40
Premium status checks and advice – Administrative Officer (per minute)£0.80
Premium status checks, advice or training – Executive Officer (inside office hours) (per minute) £0.88
Premium status checks, advice or training – Executive Officer (outside office hours) (per minute) £1.10
Premium status checks, advice or training – Higher Executive Officer (inside office hours) (per minute) £0.97
Premium status checks, advice or training – Higher Executive Officer (outside office hours) (per minute) £1.23

Premium services at the border

CategoryCurrent Fee
Registered Traveller (Adult) – Yearly Subscription (per year)£50
Registered Traveller (Child) – Yearly Subscription (per year)£24
Registered Traveller – Registration of New Documents£20
Fast Track – Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4£5.20
Fast Track – Other ports of entry£3.00

Immigration Health Surcharge

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is required if you plan to reside in the UK for more than six months. It grants you access to the National Health Service (NHS) immediately upon arrival, providing free basic medical care during your stay in the UK.

The IHS is a one-time upfront fee that must be paid in full alongside your visa application. The amount you need to pay depends on the type of visa you are applying for and the duration of your stay in the UK. Currently, the fee is £624. For instance, if you are applying for a five-year Ancestry visa, the upfront payment as part of your application would be £3,120.

Here are the surcharges for other commonly sought visas:

  • Spouse visa: £1,560
  • Spousal extension: £1,560
  • Youth Mobility Scheme: £1,240
  • Student visa: £470 per year

Paying UK Visa Fees in Your Local Currency

When it comes to UK visa fees, they are originally set in Pounds Sterling (GBP), but you have the option to pay in your local currency using the exchange rate applicable at the time of payment. The rate is determined by the Home Office, and it is typically reviewed every two weeks to ensure accuracy.

How can we help

To discuss your immigration application with an experienced professional from our team, please contact us on 0208 757 5751 or use our contact form.

Frequently asked questions

What are the current UK visa fees for 2023?

The UK visa fees for 2023 vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for and the duration of your stay. It is always recommended to check the official government website for the most up-to-date information on visa fees. The fees are subject to change, so it is important to verify the latest fees before submitting your application.

Are UK visa fees refundable if my application is rejected?

No, the UK visa fees are generally non-refundable, even if your application is rejected. The fees are charged to cover the administrative costs associated with processing visa applications, regardless of the outcome. It is important to carefully review the visa requirements and guidelines before submitting your application to minimize the risk of rejection

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