The new fees usually come in force on 6 April, however, this year 4 – 5 April falls on a weekend and 3 April is Good Friday (a bank holiday!). That means the last working day with the old fees will be Thursday 2 April.
When to apply and how to determine how much to pay?
If you are planning to use same-day service your appointment has to be by 2 April.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR, permanent residency): fee goes up by £407! Postal service fee is going up from £1,093 to £1,500 while the same-day service up from £1,493 to £1,900!
Spouse/Partner visas, in-country applications, are another example of a substantial increase. Postal fee is going up from £601 to £956 (the difference is £355) while same-day service from £1,001 to £1,356! This applies to those switching to this visa (such as from a Tier 4 or Tier 5 visa) as well as to those extending tin the same category (such as extending a Spouse visa or getting one after a Fiancée visa).
If you are applying inside the UK and planning to use postal service for a visa application (but not Citizenship) the date of application will be the date of posting. Therefore, you will pay a fee applicable on the day of posting, even if the UK Visas and Immigration receives your case on or after 6 April. Please note this rule only works if you’re using Royal Mail (if you’re using a courier, like DHL, the date of application will be date of delivery to the Home Office). Categories mostly affected by the new fees: Tier 2 General up from £601 to £651, Tier 1 Investor from £1,093 to £1,500 and Tier 1 Entrepreneur from £1,093 to £1,180. EEA applications are going up from £55 to £65.
If you are planning to use postal service for a British Citizenship application the date of application will be the date when the UK Visas and Immigration receives your application. Therefore, you will pay a fee applicable on the day of receipt and need bear the delivery time in mind when arranging your payment. The main Naturalisation fee is going up from £906 to £1,005. Child's registration fee - from £669 to £749.
If you are applying outside the UK the date of application will be the date of payment, usually online payment of the fee after you have submitted your online form. In this case you have to submit the online for and pay online before 6 April 2015, even if your appointment at a visa centre will be after that date (it goes by the date of payment when applying outside the UK). For example, Spouse/Partner/Fiancée visa fee is going up from £885 to £956 and will be the same as an in-country fee.
1st 4Immigration service fees are NOT going up in April.
For an advice or to make your application through us please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.1st4immigration.com