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Home Office Sponsorship, Immigration and Nationality fees from the 6 April 2021

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Whilst for accountants April marks a new financial year for inland revenue purposes, for immigration solicitors April sees a review of Home Office sponsorship, Immigration and nationality fees. This year the review was updated on the 10 March 2021, with any changes coming into force on the 6 April 2021. In this article we highlight the current sponsorship, Immigration and nationality Home Office application fees.

UK Immigration solicitors

For specialist advice on business immigration or individual immigration call the immigration law team at OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online. Appointments are available by phone or video call.

The Home Office fees

The Home Office Immigration and nationality fees schedule, effective from the 6 April 2021, was keenly awaited by immigration solicitors to see if there would be any change in sponsorship, Immigration or nationality fees and to make sure that all Home Office applications are submitted with the correct application fee. However, this year the updated fee schedule has revealed no changes.

Whilst that is good news, the reality is that many more UK employers are having to apply for sponsor licences to become sponsoring employers because of the end of free movement and the inclusion of EU nationals into the UK points-based Immigration system. Brexit, and the end of the transition period on the 31 December 2020, hasn’t just resulted in increased sponsorship and recruitment costs for UK employers but costs for EU citizens looking to come to the UK for work purposes.

Many Immigration solicitors say skilled worker visa application fees and associated costs are a deterrent to skilled migrant workers when there is a UK skills shortage with jobs on the government produced shortage occupation list. It is a concern when EU skilled migrant workers have the choice of taking up shortage occupation jobs in other countries, without the same level of fees or red tape.

The Home Office fee schedule

Although fees haven’t changed, we have listed the current Home Office Immigration fees for the most popular visa applications and sponsor licence fees in the table below. It really does pay to double check Immigration fees and get them right first time because otherwise your visa application or Sponsor Licence application could be rejected or refused.

Immigration fee category

Fee from the 6 April 2021

Visit visa under six months

£95

Private medical treatment visa for more than six months but not more than eleven months

£190

Electronic visa waiver

£30

Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit

£154

Certificate of entitlement (right of abode)

£388

Transfer of conditions (vignette transfer)

£154

Short term student studying English language for more than six months but not more than eleven months

£186

Representative of an overseas business visa

£610

Other visa

£516

Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa for thirty months

£180

Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa for five years

£250

Route to Settlement

£1,523

Route to Settlement – other dependant relative

£3,250

Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid

£25

Administrative review

£80

Work visa – applications made outside the UK

Innovator visa

£1021

Start-up visa

£363

Approval letter for an initial application for a global talent visa

£456

Global talent visa application - initial application

£152

Global talent visa - subsequent application

£608

Investor visa

£1,623

Skilled worker visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£610

Skilled worker visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£1,220

Skilled worker visa for a job on the shortage occupation list where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£464

Skilled worker visa for a job on the shortage occupation list where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£928

Health and care worker visa for a job where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£232

Health and care worker visa for a job where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£464

Health and care worker visa for a job on the shortage occupation list where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£232

Health and care worker visa for a job on the shortage occupation list where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£464

Intra-company transfer visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£610

Intra-company transfer visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£1,220

Tier 5 temporary worker or seasonal worker visa or charity worker, creative and sporting worker visa or Youth Mobility Scheme visa

£244

student visa applications made outside the UK

Student visa

£348

Child Student

£348

Home Office optional premium services for applications made outside the UK

Priority visa service for settlement

£573

Priority visa service for non-settlement

£220

Super priority visa service

£956

Home Office optional premium services for applications made in the UK

Super priority service

£800

Expedited processing priority service

£500

entrepreneur and work visa applications made in the UK

Innovator visa

£1,277

Start-up visa

£493

Approval letter for a global talent visa

£456

Global talent visa initial application

£152

Global talent visa extension application

£608

Global talent visa dependant visa

£608

Investor visa

£1,623

Skilled worker visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£704

Skilled worker visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£1,408

Skilled worker visa in a shortage occupation list job where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£464

Skilled worker visa in a shortage occupation list job where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£928

Health and care worker visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£232

Health and care worker visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£464

Health and care worker visa in a shortage occupation list job where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less

£232

Health and care worker visa in a shortage occupation list job where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years

£464

Intra-company transfer visa or sportsperson visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less or over three years

£704-£1,408

Tier 5 temporary worker, seasonal worker, charity worker, creative and sporting worker, International Agreement worker, Government Authorised Exchange worker visa

£244

student visa applications made in the UK

Student visa

£475

Child student visa

£475

Other visa applications made in the UK

Visitor extension application

£993

leave to remain - Other

£1,033

Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa for thirty months

£180

Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa for five years

£250

Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid

£25

Indefinite leave to remain

£2,389

Biometric enrolment

£19.20

Replacement Biometric residence card (issued under the EU Settlement Scheme)

£56

Replacement Biometric residence permit

£56

Certificate of travel for an adult

£280

Certificate of travel for a child

£141

Administrative review

£80

Life in the UK test

£50

Nationality fees

Naturalisation application

£1,330

naturalisation application by a British overseas territory citizen

£1,000

Nationality registration as a British citizen for an adult

£1,206

Nationality registration as a British citizen for a child

£1,012

Citizenship ceremony

£80

Certificate of entitlement (right of abode)

£372

Nationality review

£372

Status letter

£250

Non-acquisition letter

£250

Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration

£250

Sponsorship fees

Premium Sponsor Service (twelve months) for sponsoring employers of long-term and temporary workers - large sponsors

£25,000

Premium Sponsor Service (twelve months) for sponsoring employers of long-term and temporary workers - small sponsors

£8,000

Premium Sponsor Service (twelve months) student sponsors

£8,000

The expedited processing of a sponsorship management request made by a sponsoring employer holding a skilled worker visa Sponsor Licence or temporary worker Sponsor Licence

£200

Priority service for expedited processing of Sponsor Licence applications

£500

Worker sponsor licence and temporary worker Sponsor Licence for a large sponsor

£1,476

Worker sponsor licence for a small sponsor

£536

Student Sponsor Licence

£536

Temporary worker Sponsor Licence

£536

Worker sponsor licence for a large sponsor where the sponsor currently holds a temporary worker and/or student Sponsor Licence

£940

Student sponsor basic compliance assessment

£536

Sponsor action plan

£1,476

Certificate of sponsorship for a skilled worker visa or sportsperson or intra-company transfer visa

£199

Certificate of sponsorship for a temporary worker

£21

How can OTS Solicitors help?

Whether it is a visa application query or a question about a Sponsor Licence application, OTS Solicitors have the Immigration expertise to help you or your business. For fast efficient Immigration law advice, it is best to call specialist London based immigration solicitors.

UK Immigration solicitors

For the most up to date specialist legal advice on business immigration or individual immigration call the immigration law team at OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online. Appointments are available by phone or video call.

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