The Government has announced an increase to immigration and nationality fees as part of their drive to improve vital services.

The increase will apply to all application sent on or after 4th October 2023.

The government’s article could be found by clicking here.

The new fees are expected to affect a wide range of visa categories, including work, student, and family visas, along with certificate of sponsorship, citizenship and settlement visas.

The Government has also announced that it will be abolishing some fees. The changes are part of a broader effort to reform the UK’s immigration system, which it says will make it fairer and sustainable in the long term.

The announcement included a rise in the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is paid to permit visa holders to utilise the NHS in the UK during the validity of their immigration grants of permission. So far, they will not increase on 4th October 2023, but we anticipate the government will in the future plan to increase this.

The Government says the surcharge will likely increase from £624 per year to £1,035 per year and the discounted rate for students, dependents of students, Tier 5 Temporary Migrants and applicants under the age of 18 will rise from £470 yearly to £776 per year.

It is therefore vital that if you can complete your application before the date the new fees comes in, it is advisable to do so.

Please get in touch with us, if you need any further information.

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