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UK Border Agency price hike

by John Dunn | Feb 13, 2012
  • 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.
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    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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £315 £360
    Tier 4: main applicant and each dependant £255 £289
    Tier 5: main applicant and each dependant £190 £194
    Tier 5: main applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £900 £1,350
    Tier 1 (General): PEO, main applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC 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 applicantCESC 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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £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 applicantCESC £171 £175
    Tier 5: PEO, main applicant £648 £661
    Tier 5: PEO, dependant £324 £330
    Tier 5: PEO, main applicantCESC £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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