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UKVI fees - significant changes

20 February 2015

The Home Office has just announced the indicative charges of the UKVI fees for the year 2015/16, which will increase the fees for most visa categories.

A significant increase will apply to the Tier 1 Investor applicants. The fees for the entry clearance, limited leave to enter or remain applications will increase from £874.00 and £1,093.00 respectively to £1500.00. For Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications submitted either overseas or in-country the increase from the current fees will be up to £7.4%.

For settlement applications submitted overseas, where the route may lead to a grant of Indefinite Leave to Remain, such as fiancé (e)/proposed civil partner/spouse/civil partner applications, the fees will increase from £885.00 to £956.00.

If you are planning to submit settlement application after 6 April 2015, the UKVI fees will be in a range of £1500.00, while the current fees for a postal application are £1,093.00. An additional £400.00 will need to be paid, if application were to be submitted using the same day service.

On a different note, the fees for extension applications under a Sole Representative route are likely to be decreased from £1,093.00 to £651.00. The lower fees will also apply to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrants when switching to this visa category or applying for an extension of leave in the UK. The decrease from the current fees will be approximately 50%.

We advise applicants to submit their applications before April 2015 if eligible to do so, to avoid paying the much higher fees threshold.

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Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.