UK Border Agency Price Hike

On April 6th 2012 the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is going to increase visa applications by as much as 50%. This is in line with the UKBA’s strategy of reducing the cost of its services to taxpayers.

Summary

  • The general extensions will be 2% although some are substantially more.
  • The Tier 1 (General) Extension fee will increase from £1000 to £1500 for postal and the premium fee will increase from £1300 to £1800.
  • Tier 1 dependant fee will increase from £500 to £750 postal and the premium fee will increase from £650 to £690.
  • Tier 2 application fee will increase from £400 to £480.

Fees for dependents will remain 50% of the main applicants fee for now, however the UKBA intends to charge the same fee for the main applicant and the dependant in the near future.

Some of the additional fees introduced are:

  • The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route enables graduates from UK Universities to stay in the UK where they have a bright business idea, but have yet to develop it to a level where they would qualify for leave as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur. Fees will start at £630 for a postal application, increasing to £1000 for a premium application.
  • A new optional premium customer service has been developed for Tier 2 and 5 sponsors offering enhanced levels of customer service, including access to a named license manager, priority access to appointments at public enquiry offices and attendance at premium sponsor events. The fee for this service will be £25,000 a year. A service will also be offered to small sponsors at £8,000 a year.

The full breakdown is below, or can be seen here

NON-PBS VISAS

Product (new products in yellow) Current Fee Fee from April 2012
Visit visa – short term £76 £78
Visit visa – long term (2 years) £265 £270
Visit visa – long term (5 years) £486 £496
Visit visa – long term (10 years) £702 £716
Student visit visa – short term (between 6 and 11 months) £140 £140
Settlement visa £810 £826
Settlement visa (dependant relative) £1,814 £1,850
Settlement visa (armed forces dependant) £810 £810
Settlement visa (refugee dependant relative) * N/A £458
Certificate of entitlement £265 £270
Other visa £265 £270
Transit visa £51 £52
Media representative visa * N/A £480
Vignette transfer fee £100 £102
Callout/out-of-hours fee (per hour) £130 £130
Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit overseas £70 £70
Forwarding documents to Commonwealth countries or British overseas territories (additional fee) £70 £70
Handling applications on behalf of Commonwealth countries or British overseas territories £50 £50

* Previously applied for under the ‘Other visa’ category PBS VISAS

Product Current Fee Fee from April 2012
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exceptional talent): main applicant and each dependant £800 £816
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Exceptional talent): main applicant CESC £720 £734
Tier 1 (Post-study work): dependant £474 £483
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): main applicant and each dependant £400 £480
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): main applicant CESC £360 £432
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): main applicant and each dependant £350 £400
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): main applicant CESC £315 £360
Tier 4: main applicant and each dependant £255 £289
Tier 5: main applicant and each dependant £190 £194
Tier 5: main applicant CESC £171 £175

CESC = Council of Europe Social Charter nationals
(Applications to the Channel Islands under Employment and Study routes attract Tier 2 and Tier 4 fees and costs respectively.)

NATIONALITY APPLICATIONS

Product Current Fee Fee From April 2012
Naturalisation (UK citizenship) – single * £836 £851
Naturalisation (UK citizenship) – joint * £1,294 £1,317
Naturalisation (UK citizenship) – spouse * £836 £851
Nationality registration – adult * £620 £631
Nationality registration – minor ** £540 £551
Nationality registration – multiple minor (main) ** £810 £827
Nationality registration – multiple minor (dependant) ** £270 £276
Renunciation of nationality £225 £229
Nationality: reissued certificate £86 £88
Nationality: right of abode £162 £165
Nationality: reconsiderations £80 £80
Status letter (nationality) £86 £88
Non-acquisition letter (nationality) £86 £88
Nationality: correction to certificate £86 £88

* £80 citizenship ceremony fee per applicant is included in these fees.
** An additional £80 per applicant will be required for the citizenship ceremony fee, if the minor turns 18 during the application process. This will be requested at the point of decision.

NON-PBS ROUTES

Product Current Fee Fee From April 2012
Indefinite leave to remain: postal, main applicant £972 £991
Indefinite leave to remain: postal, dependant £486 £496
Indefinite leave to remain: postal, main applicant CESC £875 £893
Indefinite leave to remain: PEO, main applicant £1,350 £1,377
Indefinite leave to remain: PEO, dependant £675 £689
Indefinite leave to remain: PEO, main applicant CESC £1,215 £1,239
Indefinite leave to remain (dependant relative): postal £1,814 £1,850
Indefinite leave to remain (dependant relative): PEO £2,214 £2,258
Leave to remain (other): postal, main applicant £550 £561
Leave to remain (other): postal, dependant £275 £281
Leave to remain (other): PEO, main applicant £850 £867
Leave to remain (other): PEO, dependant £425 £434
Transfer of conditions: postal, main applicant £216 £220
Transfer of conditions: postal, dependant £108 £110
Transfer of conditions: PEO, main applicant £648 £661
Transfer of conditions: PEO, dependant £324 £331
Travel documents (adult) – certificate of travel £238 £238
Travel documents (adult) – convention travel document (CTD) £77.50 £77.50
Travel documents (child) – certificate of travel (CoT) £149 £149
Travel documents (child) – convention travel document (CTD) £49 £49
Replacement biometric residence permit (CoT) £37 £37
Mobile caseworking (super premium service) £6,000 +
PEO fee
£6,000 +
PEO fee
Callout/out-of-hours fee (per hour) £130 £130
Work permit technical changes £22 £22
Residual FLR(IED): postal, main applicant £550 £561
Residual FLR(IED): postal, dependant £275 £281
Residual FLR(IED): PEO, main applicant £850 £867
Residual FLR(IED): PEO, dependant £425 £434
Sole representative: postal, main applicant £1,000 £1,020
Sole representative: postal, dependant £500 £510
Employment leave to remain outside PBS: postal, main applicant £550 £561
Employment leave to remain outside PBS: postal, dependant £275 £281
Employment leave to remain outside PBS: PEO, main applicant £850 £867
Employment leave to remain outside PBS: PEO, dependant £425 £434

CESC = Council of Europe Social Charter nationals
PEO = applications (including online applications where available) made using the premium service at a public enquiry office
Postal = applications (including online applications where available) where the application form and/or supporting documents are submitted by post or courier, not using the premium service.

PBS ROUTES

Product (new products in yellow) Current Fee Fee From April 2012
Tier 1 (General): postal, main applicant £1,000 £1,500
Tier 1 (General): postal, each dependant £500 £750
Tier 1 (General): PEO, main applicant £1,300 £1,800
Tier 1 (General): PEO, each dependant £650 £900
Tier 1 (General): postal, main applicant CESC £900 £1,350
Tier 1 (General): PEO, main applicant CESC £1,170 £1,620
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exceptional talent): postal, main applicant £1,000 £1,020
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exceptional talent): postal, dependant £500 £510
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Exceptional talent): postal, main applicant CESC £900 £918
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exceptional talent): PEO, main applicant £1,300 £1,326
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Exceptional talent): PEO, dependant £650 £663
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Exceptional talent): PEO, main applicant CESC £1,170 £1,193
Tier 1 (Post-study work): postal, dependant £297 £303
Tier 1 (Post-study work): PEO, dependant £459 £468
Tier 1 transitional arrangements: postal, main applicant £500 £500
Tier 1 transitional arrangements: postal, dependant £250 £250
Tier 1 transitional arrangements: PEO, main applicant £700 £700
Tier 1 transitional arrangements: PEO, dependant £350 £350
Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur): postal, main applicant N/A £700
Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur): postal, main applicant CESC N/A £630
Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur): postal, dependant N/A £350
Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur): PEO, main applicant N/A £1,000
Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur): PEO, main applicant CESC N/A £900
Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur): PEO, dependant N/A £500
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): postal, main applicant £550 £561
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): postal, dependant £275 £281
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): postal, main applicant CESC £495 £505
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): PEO, main applicant £850 £867
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): PEO, dependant £425 £434
Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer – Long-term staff, Minister of religion, Sportsperson): PEO, main applicant CESC £765 £780
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): postal, main applicant £350 £400
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): postal, dependant £175 £200
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): postal, main applicant CESC £315 £360
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): PEO, main applicant £650 £700


Product (new products in yellow) Current Fee Fee From April 2012
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): PEO, dependant £325 £350
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer – Short-term staff, Graduate trainee or Skills transfer): PEO, main applicant CESC £585 £630
Tier 4: postal, main applicant £386 £394
Tier 4: postal, dependant £193 £197
Tier 4: PEO, main applicant £702 £716
Tier 4: PEO, dependant £351 £358
Tier 5: postal, main applicant £190 £194
Tier 5: postal, dependant £95 £97
Tier 5: postal, main applicant CESC £171 £175
Tier 5: PEO, main applicant £648 £661
Tier 5: PEO, dependant £324 £330
Tier 5: PEO, main applicant CESC £583 £595
PBS dependant applying separately: postal £550 £561
PBS dependant applying separately: PEO £850 £867
Tier 4 – permission to change sponsor (for migrants who applied to the UK Border Agency between 31 March 2009 and 4 October 2009 for permission to study) £160 £160

CESC = Council of Europe Social Charter nationals
PEO = applications (including online applications where available) made using the premium service at a public enquiry office
Postal = applications (including online applications where available) where the application form and/or supporting documents are submitted by post or courier, not using the premium service.

PBS SPONSORSHIP PRODUCTS

Product (new products in yellow) Current Fees Fee From April 2012
Premium scheme – large enterprises N/A £25,000
Premium scheme – small and medium enterprises N/A £8,000
Tier 2 large sponsor licence £1,025 £1,500
Tier 2 small sponsor licence £310 £500
Tier 4 sponsor licence £410 £500
Tier 5 sponsor licence £410 £500
Tier 2, Tier 4 and/or Tier 5 licence (where the sponsor currently holds a Tier 4 or Tier 5 licence) £615 £1,000
Highly Trusted sponsor £410 £500
Sponsorship action plan £1,000 £1,500
Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship £175 £179
Tier 5 certificate of sponsorship £10 £13
Tier 4 confirmation of acceptance for studies £10 £13


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  • Joshua Kerrigan

    This is a great post, I think you should turn it into a 2 or 3 part series.