Increase in UK Visa Fees from 4 October 2023


The Home Office has announced increases in UK visa, settlement and nationality fees that will take effect from 4 October 2023.

The increases are affecting a wide range of applications, covering UK entry clearance, indefinite leave to enter, indefinite leave to remain as well as applications for leave to remain in the UK including many work and study visas.


Latest UK Home Office & visa fees

A full breakdown of the new fees can be found here.

The headline changes include:

  • Health & care worker visa application fees are increasing, for example, where a CoS has been issued for more than three years, the application will cost £551.
  • Certificates of Sponsorship fees are increasing, for example, a CoS under the Skilled Worker and GBM Senior or Specialist Worker visas will cost £239.
  • Visit visas for less than six months are increasing to £115.
  • Student visa applications from outside the UK will rise to £490.
  • British naturalisation fee is rising to £1500.


Subject to Parliamentary approval, the new Home Office fees will increase from 4 October 2023.


Need assistance?

We encourage you to speak with your contact at DavidsonMorris to understand how the increases affect you, and whether it may be possible to expedite applications before the new fees take effect.

Applicants are also reminded that the Immigration Health Surcharge is due to be increased, with the Home Office indicating this will go live in the Autumn.

Last updated: 17 September 2023


Founder and Managing Director Anne Morris is a fully qualified solicitor and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

She is a recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers as a legal expert and delivers Board-level advice on business migration and compliance risk management as well as overseeing the firm’s development of new client propositions and delivery of cost and time efficient processing of applications.

Anne is an active public speaker, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

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