If you are considering applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK, it is important to understand the costs associated with your application – both for you and your family members. Failure to pay your application fees on time could delay your application, so it’s important to make sure you have the funds available before you begin the process.
If you are applying for indefinite leave to remain alone, you will only need to pay the fee once. If you are applying with family members or dependents, you will pay the ILR fee for each applicant. While this can be very expensive, it may be the cheaper option in the long-term. This is because you won’t pay other immigration fees, such as the immigration health surcharge.
In this article, we will provide a full overview of the indefinite leave to remain fees you can expect to pay. We will also explore whether you need to pay the healthcare surcharge, the priority processing fees and whether it is possible to get a refund on the fees paid.
The application fee for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) set by the Home Office is currently £2,885. This rate applies whether you are applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) as a:
As mentioned above, the ILR application fee of £2,885 is paid by each person who applies. This means that if you are applying for yourself and your family members, you will need to calculate the total cost.
For example, the ILR application fees payable to the Home Office for a family of 4 people would be 4 x £2,885 = £11,540. This does not include any other additional fees, such as legal costs or priority process costs (see below).
Thankfully, as a person who is applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), you and your family members will not need to pay the costly immigration healthcare surcharge (IHS). That said, if you apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and end up being granted limited leave to remain by the Home Office, you may be required to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge.
In addition, when it comes to applying for British citizenship, you will also be exempt from paying the immigration healthcare surcharge. Given that the IHS is currently £624 (set to increase to £1,035 from 16 January 2024) per year per person, this makes applying for ILR cheaper than applying for a limited leave to remain visa in some cases.
Another cost to bear in mind when applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is the cost of the priority processing service. The priority processing fee is completely optional; however, given that the standard Home Office processing time is in the region of 6 months, paying the priority processing fee can be extremely advantageous.
The Home Office offers 2 priority processing services:
The priority processing fees are paid by each person. It is also important to bear in mind that if you are applying for ILR together with your family if you wish to use the priority service for your application, each member of your family will need to pay for a faster decision.
One of the main reasons that individuals will choose to pay for priority processing is to enable them to travel overseas. If you travel outside of the UK while your application for indefinite leave to remain is still pending, the Home Office will treat your application as withdrawn. If you don’t pay for priority processing, you will have to remain in the UK until a decision has been reached.
Whether you can get a refund on your ILR application fees and how much you will receive will depend on your circumstances, as follows:
In most cases, if you are due a refund on your ILR fees/priority processing fees, this will be processed automatically and paid into your bank account within 28 days by the Home Office, i.e. you will not normally need to request a refund.
If your bank details have changed in the meantime, you will need to wait for the Home Office to request your updated bank details.
ILR applications can be costly, especially if you are applying for your family members at the same time. Depending on the circumstances, the refusal of an ILR application may mean that you do not receive a refund of the fees paid.
This is why it is so important to ensure that your ILR application is carefully prepared, with the appropriate documents and without errors. When it comes to your indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application, don’t leave anything to chance. We can help to anticipate issues with your application before they arise, so you have an improved chance of a positive outcome.
A Y & J Solicitors is a specialist immigration law firm with extensive experience with indefinite leave to remain applications. We have an in-depth understanding of immigration law and are professional and results-focused. For assistance with your application or any other UK immigration law concerns, please contact us on +44 20 7404 7933 today. We’re here to help!