Thursday, 6 April 2017

New UK government fees from 6 April 2017: just 2 days notice and of course the fees have become higher!

We are now well-used to the UK Government traditionally increasing visa, immigration and Citizenship fees each year in April, just as the new UK tax year starts on the 6th April 2017. Just as traditionally there is a rush to submit visa applications before the increase to benefit from the old (usually lower) fees.  This year the Government has revealed the new fees on the 4th April 2017, thus giving only a 2 days’ notice.

The main increase is for Indefinite Leave (Permanent Residence), up by £422 to the new fee of  £2,297 per person. Entry visa fee for a spouse of a UK citizen is up by £269 to £1,464; in-country Spouse visa or extension fee is up by £182 to £993. Same-day service surcharge (in-country applications) is up by £90 to £590. Priority service surcharge for a Spouse visa (applications outside the UK) is up by £101 to £501. British Citizenship fee is now £1,282. No changes to health surcharge amount and only small changes to Points-Based System and visitor visas.

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