New visa application fees from 6 April 2014

fees, registration, visa 04 April 2014

The fees for a number of visa types will change for applications made on or after 6 April 2014.

These changes will allow the Home Office to "improve our customer service, and enable us to begin offering optional premium services". These new premium services will include a number of fast-tracked visa application options.

Whilst some categories will see small increases in fees (e.g. a 4% fee increase for the main applicants of Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visas), other fees will be reduced (e.g. a 26% fee decrease for Tier 2 Shortage Occupation applicants for up to three years Leave to Remain).

However, the most significant change is being made to the fees for certain dependant applications, which will typically rise by almost 39%. For example, the dependant of a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur applicant applying from within the UK would previously need to pay £305. For such applications made from Sunday onwards, the dependant will need to pay £422.

A large price increase is also being made to Indefinite Leave to Remain applications. The fee for main applicants will increase by just £40, but the fee for their dependants will increase from £788 to £1,093 - an increase of £305 (38.7%).

Finally, the fees for several new application types and services have been announced. For instance, Tier 2 General, ICT applicants will be charged £1,202 for their applications, whilst the cost for the formerly free Registered Traveller pilot scheme will be £50 per year and £20 for the registration of new documents.

Click here for a full list of the fee changes.

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