The United Kingdom has recently announced a series of changes to its immigration and nationality fees, which are scheduled to come into effect on 4th October 2023. These changes are aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the immigration and nationality system while also allowing for increased funding for public sector pay rises. In this article, we will delve into the specifics of these fee increases, their implications, and the government’s rationale behind them.
Fee increases relevant to the Student & Child Student Route:
Student and Child Student Visa Fees:
Current Fee: £363
New Fee from 4th October 2023: £490
Fee Change: An increase of £127
Priority Visa Service Fees (Non-Settlement):
Current Fee: £250
New Fee from 4th October 2023: £500
Fee Change: An increase of £250
Super Priority Visa Service Fees:
Current Fee: £956
New Fee from 4th October 2023: £1000
Fee Change: An increase of £44
These fee increases will undoubtedly have an impact on those seeking visas and immigration-related services in the UK. For individuals planning to visit the country, there will be a slightly higher financial barrier to entry. Students from overseas may need to budget for the increased student visa fees when planning their education in the UK. Those applying for work visas, study visas, or certificates of sponsorship will also need to factor in the revised fees.
Additionally, it is worth noting that these fee changes do not include the planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is scheduled to be introduced later in the Autumn, subject to Parliamentary approval.