From 6 April 2022, the updated fees for most immigration and nationality applications have increased by £15. This means that the current fee for a leave to remain application is now £1,048, an indefinite leave to remain application is £2,404, and most work and student visas have increased by £15.
It is worth noting that citizenship and sponsor licence fees have not been increased, and the fees for No Time Limit applications have been removed with effect from 6 April 2022. This is likely to be because all biometric residence permits, including those with settlement, are only valid until December 2024, and the UKVI has already announced that they will be replaced free of charge. It remains to be seen if they will be replaced with physical cards, or with a virtual record similar to that for the EUSS scheme.
Carla Mirallas Martinez, solicitor in our Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team, comments:
Although this is the first time that we have seen an increase since April 2018, immigration and nationality fees remain extremely high for many applicants, who, in addition to the fee, may also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, which for most applications costs £624 per applicant, per year. These high processing fees are a huge profit to the Home Office, as evidenced in the ‘visa fees transparency data’, last updated on 6 April 2022, which includes a table with details of the Home Office fees and the unit cost of progressing applications. These expensive fees are undoubtedly a major part of the hostile environment policy and have an adverse impact on the ability of many individuals and their families, including children, to regularise their status in the UK.