If you are geared to go to the UK next year, then be ready to loosen your purse-strings even more. Visa fees across the categories have risen by an average of 15 percent from today onwards.
These rules are the outcome of a legislation that was laid in the British Parliament on September 15.
The cost for a visit visa for less than six months rose by £15 to £115, while the fee for applying for a student visa from outside the UK has increased to £490, to equal the amount charged for in-country applications.
Increase of 15%
In July, the government announced a 15 percent increase in the cost of most work and visit visas and an increase of at least 20 percent in the cost of priority visas, student visas and certificates of sponsorship.
The visit visa fee for up to 6 months rose from £100 to 115, entry clearance as a visitor for a period of more than twelve months rose from £376 to £400. The sponsored worker fee rose from £479 to £551.
The visitor visa fee for 10 years has increased from £837 to £963. At the same time, leave to remain in the UK as a visitor will remain same i.e., £1,000.
When someone applies the skilled worker visa from within the country, the fee will rise from £719 to £827. And those who apply from outside need to pay £719 instead of £625 earlier.
The fee for entrepreneur visa (Tier 1) has risen from £1,292 to £1,486, thus reflecting a 15 percent increase.
The new visa fee has come into effect from October 4, 2023.