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Apply for your UK visa before the April 2018 increases

by John Dunn | Apr 05, 2018
  • The UK government has announced the new visa, immigration and citizenship application fees for 2018. The increases will affect visitor visas, work visas, student visas and settlement and naturalisation applications. Here’s what you’re going to pay if you apply after 6 April 2018.

    The key fee increases

    It seems the UK is well on its way to establishing a “self-funded” border, immigration and citizenship system by 2019-2020. The government’s fundamental goal is to decrease UK taxpayer contributions towards UK border, immigration and citizenship services, and create a system that is funded only by those who use it.

    This year’s fee changes see a 4% increase in work, study, visitor and family visas; a 15% increase in priority and settlement applications, and a 4% increase in citizenship and settlement applications. The sponsor licence fees remain unchanged.

    If you’re applying from outside of the UK, this is how much you’re going to pay from 6 April 2018. You can view the full list of fee increases here.

    UK visa

    Current fee

    New fee

    Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)



    Tier 1 (Investor)



    Tier 2 (General)



    Tier 4 (General) student visa



    Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa



    Visitor visa (6 months)



    Visitor visa (2 years)



    Want to apply for a UK visa before the fee increase?

    Double blow for UK immigrants

    Although the 2018 application fee increases have mostly been kept to a minimal 4%, it adds to the ever-increasing immigration costs for non-EU citizens, as the immigration health surcharge (IHS) is set to double in April this year as well. This will see several immigration categories experiencing a steep increase in overall application costs, including student and work visas.

    See also: Immigration health surcharge set to increase massively in 2018

    Higher costs for UK businesses

    For UK businesses looking to hire non-EU employees, the fee increase combined with the IHS increase will result in this being a costly exercise. UK businesses thinking of hiring foreign workers need to ensure that they follow the right steps and comply with the relevant rules and regulations to avoid even more costly fees.

    Avoid unnecessary fees, get your application right the first time

    Applying and reapplying for your UK visa is a time-consuming, stressful and very costly process. You can easily avoid having your application rejected by getting in touch with an experienced immigration expert who can assist you every step of the way and help ensure that your visa application has the best chance of success.

    Should you have any questions about the visa application process, feel free to give one of our registered immigration advisors a call on +44 (0) 20 7759 75800 or send us an email on

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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