This relates to the latest UK visa and immigration application fees 2019/20, effective from March 29, 2019, from outside the United Kingdom. And explain the details of UK visa fees 2019 for all types of applications such as standard visitor visa for family, general tourists, business, spouse settlement, Tier 1, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student etc.
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UK Visa and Immigration Application Charges: FAQs
The UK visa fees 2019 for 6-month applications are £95. And the cost of 2, 5 and 10 years UK visit visa applications are £361, £655 and £822, respectively.
Apparently, the UK visitor visa fees 2019 with priority service for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.
The UK spouse visa application fee is £1,523. Moreover, the spouse priority visa fee is £2,096/-.
The UK visa fees for Tier 4 Students and their dependants is £348.
Apparently, the price of short-term study (up to 6 months) for adult and child is £97. However, the cost of short-term study visa for studying the English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months is £186.
The UK Tier 2 General work visa fees are £610 (for 3-years) and £1,220 (for more than 3-years).
Apparently, the fee for an e-visa is £30 for the nationals of UAE, Oman and Qatar.
Does the UK visa application fee change during the year?
In fact, usually, the application fee in GBP usually does not change during the year. As a practice, the Home Office only revises the fees only once every year. Perhaps, usually in the month of March. However, the application fees are payable in GBP in only a few countries. Therefore, in most of the countries, the application charges are payable in either US$ or in local currencies such as PKR, INR etc. Therefore, during the year, the actual payable UK visa application cost may vary due to the fluctuations in the exchange rate.
Moreover, the application charges are payable under regulations made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014.
How to pay the UK visa fees?
All applicants need to pay the application charges online at the time of finalizing their applications.
Is it possible to get a refund?
Yes, an applicant can solicit for an application fee refund up to 8 weeks from the date of the application. Perhaps, only if the applicant has not gone through the biometrics at the UKVAC.
For instance, an applicant completes the online application form. And pays the fee on Aug 28, 2019, with an appointment on Sept 2, 2019, at UKVAC. However, if the applicant subsequently cancels the application without taking biometrics on Aug 30, 2019, then can claim the refund up to 8 weeks from Aug 28, 2019.
Can an applicant get a fee refund after biometrics?
No, an applicant can not get a refund, if the applicant cancels the application after biometrics.
For instance, if an applicant attends the appointment on Sept 2, 2019, and takes the biometrics at UKVAC. However, subsequently decides to cancel the application then the applicant will not be eligible for a refund.
Is there a fee refund in case of a refusal decision?
No, UKVI will not refund the application fee in case of a refusal decision. Perhaps, the charges are for the consideration of an application. And certainly not for making a favourable decision.
Do non-visa nationals require a visa to visit the UK?
No, for visiting the UK up-to 6 months, non-visa nationals don’t require a visitor or transit visa. However, in terms of Paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V Immigration Rules for visitors, a non-visa national may only need to apply for the UK visit visa, if he/she is:
- visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of intention, or
- seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months. For instance, as visiting academics or for private medical treatment.
How much is the UK 6 months visa fee with priority service?
The UK visiting visa application fees 2019 for 6 months with priority service are £315/- i.e. application cost £95 plus the priority service charges £220. Please note: the amount is non-refundable!
What is the UK 2-year visa fees with priority service?
The application fee for UK 2 years visit visa with priority service is £581/- i.e. application cost £361 plus the priority service £220.
How much is the 5-year application cost with priority service?
The charges for UK 5 years visitor visa with priority service are £875/- i.e. application fees £655 plus the cost of priority service £220.
What is the UK 10-year visa fees 2019/20 with priority service?
The UK 10-year visit visa fees 2019 with priority service is £1,042/- i.e. application cost £822 plus the charges for the priority service £220.
How much is the UK tourist visa fees 2019/20?
Usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the application fee for the first time 6-months UK tourist visa application is £95. Moreover, at times applicants also refer the UK 6 months visitor visa as England or London visit visa. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor for tourism and family purpose. Accordingly, the tourist visa fee for 2, 5 and 10-year applications are £361, £655 and £822, respectively.
UK tourist visa fees with priority service
Moreover, the UK tourist visa fees 2019/20 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10-year applications with priority service are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.
What is UK business visitor visa fees 2019/20?
Certainly, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent. Accordingly, the UK business visitor visa fees for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are £95, £361, £655 and £822, respectively. Moreover, the cost of the UK business visitor visa with priority service for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years application are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.
How much are the charges for infants and children?
The application charges for infants under 5 and children under 18 is the same as that for adults. Therefore, the UK child visitor visa fees 2019 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10-year applications are also £95, £361, £655 and £822, respectively.
How much is the UK priority visa fee?
In fact, the cost of priority visa service is £220 for processing of tourist, business, family visitor visa, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student, Tier 5 temporary worker applications within 5 working days or one week instead of 15-60 working days. However, the charges for priority visa service are £573 for processing of spouse and family settlement visa application within 6 weeks instead of 12-24 weeks.
What are the charges for super-priority service fees?
The charges for super-priority visa service are £956 for processing a non-settlement application within 24-hours.
How to know the application status?
If you want to know the status of your application after biometrics then can contact the UKVI’s international contact centre by Email (£5.48 per query) and Telephone (£1.37 per minute) from outside the UK.
UK Visa Fees 2019/20 for Visitors
Perhaps, from March 29, 2019, there are no significant changes in the application charges. However, the 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years UK visitor visa fee will increase by 2-3%.
Standard visitor visa
Apparently, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa application from outside the UK. Perhaps, the most common and popular UK application type is the 6 months standard visitor visa. In fact, the UK visit visa fees for 6 months will increase from £93 to £95 after March 29, 2019. Moreover, the charges for 2, 5 and 10 years UK visit visa applications will increase from £350, £636 and £798 to £361, £655 and £822, respectively.
From March 29, 2019, the UK visiting academic visa fees for more than 6 months but less than 12 months will increase by 2.15%. Accordingly, after an escalation of £4, the price of visiting academic visa will increase from £186 to £190.
Private Medical Treatment
The application fee for more than 6 months but less than 11 months private medical treatment visa will increase by 2.15%. Therefore, after an escalation of £4, the application cost for a medical visa will increase from £186 to £190.
In fact, for private medical treatment for less than 180 days, visa nationals can apply for the 6-months visitor visa. Moreover, in terms of Paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V Immigration Rules, a non-visa national such as Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US citizen may need to apply for the UK Medical Treatment visa if he/she is seeking to visit the UK for private medical treatment for more than 6 months but less then 11 months.
Quite clearly, the application fee for a 6-month marriage visitor visa will increase by 2.15%. Accordingly, after an escalation of £2, the cost of the application will increase from £93 to £95.
Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE)
Apparently, the application fee for the permitted paid engagement visa will increase by 2.15%. Accordingly, after an escalation of £2, the cost of the application will increase from £93 to £95.
Chinese Tour Groups – ADS
Moreover, the application fee under Chinese Tour Group (ADS) will increase from £93 to £95.
Furthermore, the application charges for direct airside and landside transit visa are £35 and £64, respectively.
Spouse visa fees 2019/20 for UK family settlement
Quite clearly there is no increase in the cost of settlement applications from March 29, 2019.
UK Spouse/Partner Visa Fees 2019
Apparently, the UK spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner visa application fee is £1,523. Moreover, the charges are the same for the fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner.
UK Spouse Settlement priority visa fees 2019
Quite clearly, the UK spouse visa fees 2019 with priority service is £2,096/- i.e. UK spouse visa charges £1,523 plus the cost of settlement priority service £573.
The charges for a child settlement application under Appendix FM are £1,523.
Parent of a child under Appendix FM
Evidently, the charges for the parent of a child under Appendix FM are £1,523.
Other dependant relatives
The UK settlement visa fee for other dependants (ADR) is £3,250. In fact, in the context of ADR, a dependant family member means an applicant, who requires care, such as a parent, grandparent, brother or sister and son or daughter aged 18 years or over.
Refugee dependant relative
The settlement visa fee for a refugee dependant relative is £388.
Dependants of the Members of HM Armed Forces
Apparently, the charges are £2,389 for Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules.
Certificate of entitlement – Right of Abode?
The fees for the certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode) is £388.
UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 1 applicants
Apparently, there will be no change in Home Office Fees for any type of Tier 1 applications from outside the UK.
Tier 1 Investor
Apparently, the Tier 1 Investor application fee for entry clearance applications is £1,623 for main applicants and dependants.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Evidently, the UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa fee is £1,021. However, the UK innovator visa under Appendix W has replaced Tier 1 Entrepreneur for fresh applications from March 29, 2019.
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
The UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur entry clearance applications is £363. Evidently, the startup visa under Appendix W has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur for fresh applications from July 6, 2019.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
In fact, the UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent initial and subsequent applications are £152 and £608 respectively. And the fee for the approval letter in respect of the initial application is £456. Moreover, the charges for Tier 1 exceptional talent dependants are £608.
Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant applicants
Apparently, the UK visa fees 2019/2020 for Tier General and PSW dependant applicants are £1,021 and £604, respectively.
Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 visa application fees
There will be no increase in Tier 2, Tier 4 student and Tier 5 temporary worker visa fee from outside the UK. Please note a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies to the Home Office Fees for the Tier 2 and Tier 5 main applicants.
Tier 2 General
Quite clearly, the application fees for Tier 2 General is £610, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less. However, if the CoS is issued for a period of 3 years or more then the UK Tier 2 General visa fees are £1,220.
Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation
The UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation are £464 and £928, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less and 3 years or more, respectively.
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT)
Apparently, UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) Long Term Staff are £610 and £1,220, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less and 3 years or more, respectively. Moreover, the application fees for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee is £482.
Tier 2 Minister of Religion
In fact, the charges for Tier 2 Minister of Religion application are £610
Tier 2 Sportspersons
The charges for Tier-2 Sportsperson application are £610.
UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 4 students
The UK visa fees for Tier 4 students and their dependants is £348. Moreover, the fees for Tier 4 priority visa are £568.
UK visa fees 2019/20 for Tier 5 temporary workers
The application charges are £244 for Tier 5 Charity Workers, Creative and Sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme, International Agreement. Please note: a Council of Europe Social Charter discount of £55 applies for the Tier 5.
UK visa fees 2019/20 for other types of applications
In fact, from March 29, 2019, the Home Office has introduced innovator and start-up visa. However, there is no revision in the fees for all the other types of applications. Apparently, charges for other less frequent types of applications will remain unchanged at £516 for:
- Fisherman operating inside UK waters
- Offshore worker
- Overseas domestic worker in a private household
- Sheep Shearer
- UK ancestry visa
- Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)
Startup visa under Appendix W
The UK visa fee for UK start-up entry clearance applications is £363. Moreover, a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for the main applicant.
Innovator visa under Appendix W
The UK visa fee for UK innovator visa entry clearance applications is £1,021. Moreover, a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for the main applicant.
Representatives of overseas businesses
The application fee for the representative of overseas business will remain unchanged at £610.
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)
The UK visa fees 2019 for Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer) is £154.
Single-entry visa to replace BRP
The UK visa fees 2019 for a single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is £154.
The cost of call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) is £142.
Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents
Moreover, the charges for receiving, preparing and forwarding documents are £141.
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Moreover, to know the country-specific details of UK visa applications and priority service please refer to Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE and the USA.