The Home Office immigration and nationality fees will increase from 6 April 2018. The new fees were published on 16 March 2018, and include changes to both out-of-country and in-country applications, settlement and naturalisation.
An out-of-country Tier 2 application – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less – has seen an increase of nearly 4% to £610. But where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for more than three years, the fee has decreased by nearly 5% to £1,120. There have been no increases to sponsor licence applications or the cost of Certificates of Sponsorship.
The changes also include an increase of 10% to £1,021 for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) out-of-country application, 4% increase in settlement (indefinite leave to remain or ILR) applications to £2,389, and 3% increase in naturalisation fees to £1,330.
Some applications have seen a decrease in fees. The biggest decrease by far is a 93% decrease from £293 to £152 for an in-country application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent).
The full list of changes can be viewed here.
The government has also announced their intention to double the cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge form £200 per year of the visa, to £400 per year. The discounted rate for students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme will also increase from £150 to £300.
We suggest that anyone in a position to make an application, prior to the fee increase in early April, would be well advised to do so.