UNITED KINGDOM: New immigration fees announced 

Effective 6 April 2018, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have updated fees for immigration, visa and nationality applications for 2018/19. 

The majority of fees have increased; the most notable increases are seen in the visa applications from abroad for settlement in the UK with an increase of £56, and applications for indefinite leave to remain for dependants of members of Armed Forces with a hike of £92. Most of the other increases are minimal compared to the previous year.

A full list of updated fees can be found here.

Additionally, the government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £200 to £400 per year for temporary migrants, and from £150 to £300 per year for Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5). This increase is likely to be implemented sometime this year.

The IHS is payable by those from outside the European Economic Area coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer. 

How does this affect the client?

Applicants are advised to check the new fee and consult their immigration specialist in case of any doubt as to the cost.

Once the Immigration Health Surcharge is implemented, the costs for all visa applicants who wish to stay for over six months will dramatically increase. Team Relocations will keep you updated on the implementation date. 



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