UK: Immigration fee changes For 2016

The Home Office has published the Immigration & Nationality Charges for 2016.

The new legislation will come into effect on 18th March 2016, which is two weeks earlier than the usual date of 6th April for fee changes.

But, as there are no changes to fees which are directly charged to business, the Home Office is not required to introduce fees on the regular date.

The main changes are:

  • Visas linked most closely to economic growth, such as those offered to workers and students, will be increased by 2%
  • A 2% increase will apply to all visit visas
  • An increase of up to 25% will apply to settlement, residence and nationality fees
  • An increase of up to 33% for optional premium services offered by the Home Office such as the super premium service and priority visa services overseas

Fees for all sponsorship categories will be held at the current rates.

A full list of the new fees can be found in the fees table.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK