The United Kingdom: Increases to Immigration and Nationality Fees for 2023

Key Points  

  • The United Kingdom will increase immigration and nationality fees beginning 4 October 2023 


The government of the United Kingdom (UK) will increase immigration and nationality fees beginning 4 October 2023. As a result, the following fee rates will apply: 

  • The cost for a visit visa for less than six months is rising by £15 to £115. 
  • The fee for applying for a student visa from outside the UK will rise by £127 to £490. This amount is equal to the charge for in-country applications.  

The government also increased the cost of most work and visit visas, priority visas, study visas and certificates of sponsorship in July 2023.  

Additional increases are expected for the following immigration-related documents and permissions: 

  • Fees for up to six months, along with 2-, 5- and 10-year visit visas. 
  • Most fees for entry clearance and certain applications for leave to remain in the UK include those for work and study. 
  • Fees for indefinite leave to enter and indefinite leave to remain. 
  • Convention travel document and stateless person’s travel document. 
  • Health and Care visa. 
  • Fees in relation to certificates of sponsorship and confirmation of acceptance for studies. 
  • The in and out-of-country fee for the super-priority service and the out-of-country fee for the priority service.  The settlement priority service will be reduced so it is aligned with the cost of using the priority service. 
  • Applications to Register and Naturalize as a British Citizen. 
  • The fee for the User Pays Visa Application service. 

For a complete list of these fee increases, check here 

What are the Changes?  

The government of the UK will increase immigration-related fees beginning 4 October 2023 as a result of legislation that was introduced on 15 September 2023. According to the announcement, the increased fees will be used to pay for vital services and allow more funding to be prioritized for public sector pay increases. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at Corporate Immigration Partners, P.C., or another qualified professional of your choosing. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult your Envoy representative, or another qualified representative of your choosing.   

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