New immigration fees will come into force from 29 March 2019. Whilst most fees are being held at current levels, there is a 2-3% increase in the cost of visit visas.
The most significant increase is to the cost of priority services. For applications made in the UK, the priority service (ten working days) currently costs £477, with the super priority service (next working day) costing £610. These rates are changing to £500 and £800 respectively. This 31% hike in the price of super priority means there will be a much more significant difference in cost between the two services. This is likely to dissuade many people from using the fastest service.
For applications made outside the UK, the increases are more modest. Priority for settlement visas is being held at £573, whilst priority for non-settlement visas is increasing by 4% from £212 to £220.
This article is from the March 2019 issue of Employment and Immigration Law Update, our monthly newsletter on employment legislation and regulation. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. Law covered as at March 2019.
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