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How much does a UK visa cost?

Feb 08, 2024
Last Updated on May 21, 2024

It seems that UK visa prices are always changing. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together the most recent UK visa prices across all categories. These rates are accurate as of November 2023. We will continually update this article as prices change so that you always have a reliable source of information.

In this guide, we will not only cover UK visa fees, but we will also look at additional fees you may face, such as the immigration health surcharge. If you’re a UK employer hiring workers from overseas, we’ve also included the latest prices for UK visa sponsorship. And finally, if you’re hoping to take the path to citizenship, we’re also looking at the fees associated with this. 

Bookmark this page if you want to know the latest UK visa fees and any upcoming changes that might impact you. Knowing when visa fee increases are expected can save you a lot of money if you are applying for your first visa or renewing an existing visa.

UK Visa Fees in 2023

Below you will find the latest visa fees for a wide range of visa categories:

Visa typeApplication from outside the UKApplication from inside the UK
Family Visas (Spouse, Partner, Fiance, Child, Parent)£1,846£1,048
Family Visas (Adult Dependent)£3,250£1,048
Student£490£490
GraduateNA£822
Visitor£115£115
Visitor in Transit£64£64
Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor£115NA
Ancestry£637£637
British Overseas National Living in Hong Kong (2 years and 6 months)£180NA
British Overseas National Living in Hong Kong (5 years)£250NA
Skilled Worker Visa (Up to 3 years)£719£827
Skilled Worker Visa (More than 3 years)£1,420£1,500
Health and Care Worker Visa (Up to 3 years)£284£284
Health and Care Worker Visa (More than 3 years)£551£551
Temporary Worker£298£298
Overseas Domestic Worker£637NA
Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)– Up to 3 years£719£827
Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)– More than 3 years£1,420£1,500
Expansion Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)£259NA
International Sportsperson (up to 12 months)£298£298
International Sportsperson (more than 12 months)£719£719
Minister of Religion£827£719
Representative of an Overseas Business£625£719
Scale-up Worker visa£822£822
Innovator Founder visa£1,191£1,486
Global Talent£716£716
Indefinite leave to remain£2,885

Priority processing fees 

If you are in a hurry and need a decision on your visa application faster than the stated timescales, you may be able to apply for priority processing. 

How much this costs will depend on where you are applying from and your visa category. There are also fees associated with checking the status of your application and submitting queries to the relevant department.

Optional services from outside the UK:

Premium serviceCost
Priority Visa service – Settlement£500
Priority Visa service – Non-settlement£500
Super Priority Visa service£1,000
International Contact Centre – Email Service (per query)£2.74
International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute)£0.69

Optional premium services inside the UK:

Premium serviceCost
Super priority service£1,000
Expedited processing – priority service£500

Immigration health surcharge

In addition to your visa application fee, many applicants will also need to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS). This is an additional fee that covers the use of the National Health Service (NHS) while in the UK.

This fee will be payable before your application can be processed, and failure to pay this fee will result in your application being cancelled.

The current immigration health surcharge is as follows:

  • Student visa: £470 per year
  • Youth Mobility Scheme visa £470 per year
  • Visa applicants aged 18 and under: £470 per year
  • All other visa applicants: £624

You will pay the full amount for the duration of your visa upfront. You cannot pay on an annual basis.

These fees are due to increase in early 2024.

Cost of becoming a UK visa sponsor

If you would like to expand your UK workforce with overseas workers, you will need to become a UK visa sponsor. There are various fees associated with this process.

The current costs of a UK visa sponsor licence are as follows:

Type of licenceFee for small or charitable sponsorFee for medium or large sponsor
Worker £536£1,476
Temporary Worker£536£536
Worker and Temporary Worker£536£1,476
Add a Worker licence to an existing Temporary Worker licenceNo fee£940
Add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker licenceNo feeNo fee

In addition to your sponsor licence fee, you will also need to pay the following fees:

  • Certificate of sponsorship: £239 per applicant
  • Immigration skills charge: Varies, depending on the size of the organisation and the length of the contract.
PeriodFee for small or charitable sponsorFee for medium or large sponsor
First 12 months£364£1,000
Each additional 6 months£182£500

Citizenship fees

If you have been in the UK for long enough and meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose to apply for British Citizenship. This will grant you the right to a UK passport and full protection of your right to live in the UK. It can be a momentous occasion for many people.

British Citizenship CategoryFee
Citizenship by naturalisation£1,580
Citizenship by naturalisation (British overseas territory citizens)£1,000
Citizenship by registration (adult)£1,431
Citizenship by registration (child)£1,214
Renunciation of British citizenship£372

How can A Y & J help?

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