This relates to the latest UK Visa Fees 2019/20, effective from March 29, 2019, for entry clearance applications from outside the United Kingdom. Perhaps, there are no significant changes in the charges apart from a 2-3% increase in 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor visa applications.
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What are the New Visa Application Charges from Outside the UK?
Please note: the annual price revision is always in GBP by the British Home Office. How to pay the UK visa fees 2019? Certainly, in most of the countries, the application charges are payable online in GBP, US$ or in local currencies such as PKR, INR etc. Therefore, during the year, the actual payable application cost may vary due to the fluctuations in the exchange rate. Moreover, the UK visa fees are payable under regulations made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014.
|UK Visa Application Fees||2018/19||2019/20||Change|
|Visit visa < 6 months||£93||£95||£2|
|Visit visa < 2 years Note 1||£350||£361||£11|
|Visit visa < 5 years||£636||£655||£19|
|Visit visa <10 years||£798||£822||£24|
|Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months||£186||£190||£4|
|UK visa fee for Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||£186||£190||£4|
|Marriage visitor visa||£93||£95||£2|
|Permitted paid engagement visa||£93||£95||£2|
|Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group (UK only)||£93||£95||£2|
|UK student visa fees for short-term study up to 6 months||£97||£97||£0|
|UK student visa fee for studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||£186||£186||£0|
|UK family settlement visa fees for spouse, partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child||£1,523||£1,523||£0|
|UK settlement visa fee for an adult dependant relative||£3,250||£3,250||£0|
|UK settlement visa fee for the dependant relative of a refugee||£388||£388||£0|
|Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules.||£2,389||£2,389||£0|
|Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode)||£388||£388||£0|
|Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)||£154||£154||£0|
|UK transit visa fee for a direct airside transit||£35||£35||£0|
|UK visit visa for landside transit||£64||£64||£0|
|Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft||£64||£64||£0|
|UK visa fee 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.||£2,389||£2,389||£0|
|Representative of an overseas business||£610||£610||£0|
|Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour)||£142||£142||£0|
|Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)||£154||£154||£0|
|Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents||£141||£141||£0|
|Electronic Visa Waiver||£15||£30||£15|
|UK Innovator Visa Fee Note 2||£0||£1021||£0|
|UK Start-up visa fee Note 2||£0||£363||£0|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Note 2||£1,021||£1,021||£0|
|UK Tier 1 Investor Visa Fee||£1,623||£1,623||£0|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – initial application – Note 2||£152||£152||£0|
|Approval letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)||£456||£456||£0|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – for subsequent application Note 2||£608||£608||£0|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependant||£608||£608||£0|
|Tier 1 (General) – dependant||£1,021||£1,021||£0|
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Note 2||£363||£363||£0|
|Tier 1 (Post-study Work) – dependant||£604||£604||£0|
|UK work visa fee for Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less||£610||£610||£0|
|UK work visa fee for Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee||£482||£482||£0|
|Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years||£1,220||£1,220||£0|
|Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less||£464||£464||£0|
|Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years||£928||£928||£0|
|UK visa fee student Tier 4 General – Main applicant and dependants||£348||£348||£0|
|Tier 5 UK work visa fee||£244||£244||£0|
|UK visa priority service fee for settlement||£573||£573||£0|
|UK visa priority service fee for non-settlement applications||£212||£220||£8|
|Super priority visa service fee||£956||£956||£0|
|User-pay visa application centre||£55||£55||£0|
|International Contact Centre - Email Service (per query)||£5.48||£5.48||£0|
|International Contact Centre - Telephone Helpline (per minute)||£1.37||£1.37||£0|
|6 month UK visa fee||£93||£95||£2|
|UK visa fee tourist for 6 months multiple entry||£93||£95||£2|
|UK visa fees business for 6 months multiple entry||£93||£95||£2|
|2 year UK visit visa fee||£350||£361||£11|
|5 year UK visit visa fee||£636||£655||£19|
|10 year UK visit visa fee||£798||£822||£24|
Standard Visitor Visa Applications
Apparently, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from outside the UK. Perhaps, the most common and popular UK application type is the 6 months standard visitor visa. The UK visa fees for 6 months will increase from £93 to £95. Moreover, the charges for 2, 5 and 10 years applications will increase from £350, £636 and £798 to £361, £655 and £822, respectively.
UK standard visitor visa for infants and children
The UK visiting visa fee for infants under 5 and children under 18 is the same as that for adults. Therefore, the UK child visitor visa cost for 6 months, two, five and ten years applications is also £95, £361, £655 and £822, respectively.
6 months visa fee with priority service
The new application cost for 6 months visa with priority service is £315/- i.e. application cost £95 plus the priority service £220. Please note: the fee is non-refundable!
2-year visa application cost with priority service
The UK visa fees 2019 for 2 years visa with priority service is £581/- i.e. application cost £361 plus the priority service £220.
5-year application cost with priority service
The new charges for 5 years visa with priority service is £875/- i.e. application cost £655 plus the priority service £220.
10-year visa fees with priority service
The UK visa fees 2019 for 10 years with priority service is £1,042/-i.e. application cost £822 plus the priority service £220.
Do Non-Visa Nationals Require a Visa to Visit the UK?
No, for visiting 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: (a) visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of this; or (b) seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months.
New Tourist Visa Application with Priority Service
Usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the new 6-months UK tourist visa fee 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 new tourist visa fee the UK for 2, 5 and 10 years application is £361, £655 and £822, respectively. Moreover, the cost of a tourist application with priority service for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years application will be £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.
Business Visitor Visa Fees with Priority Service
Certainly, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent. Accordingly, the new UK business visitor visa fees for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications is £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 will be £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.
Visiting Academic Visa Applications
The price of visiting academic visa 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.
Medical Treatment Visa Applications
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. Please note: 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 for visitors, 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.
Marriage Visitor Visa Fee
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 Visa
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 Group
The application fee under Chinese Tour Group (ADS) will increase from £93 to £95.
Startup and Innovators: UK visa fees 2019
The UK visa fees for entry clearance applications under two new routes i.e. Innovator and Start-up will cost £1,021 and £363, respectively. Moreover, a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for the main applicant under both the categories.
Transit Visa Applications
There will be no increase in transit visa fees. Accordingly, the fee for direct airside and landside transit visa will remain at £35 and £64, respectively.
UK Settlement Visa Fee
There will be no increase in the cost of settlement applications. Accordingly, the UK spouse visa fees will remain unchanged at £1,523. And also the fee for the fiancé(e), civil, unmarried and same-sex partner, parent, and dependant child visa application under Appendix FM will remain at £1,523. Moreover, the UK settlement visa fee for other dependants (ADR) will continue to be £3,250 per applicant. The settlement visa fee for a refugee dependant relative will remain at £388.
Cost of spouse visa application with priority service
The new UK spouse visa fee with priority service will be £2,096/- i.e. UK spouse visa fee £1,523 plus the UK settlement priority service fee £573.
The new UK visa fees for Tier 4 Students and their dependants will remain at £348. Moreover, there will be no increase in the short-term study (aka student visitor) visa fees. Accordingly, the price of short-term study (up to 6 months) for adult and child will continue to remain at £97. The cost of short-term study visa for studying the English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months will be £186.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor
There will be no change in Home Office Fees for Points Based System Applications Made outside the UK. Accordingly, the fee for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance applications will remain at £1,021. Likewise, Tier 1 Investor application fee will remain at the present level of £1,623. Moreover, the fee for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent initial and subsequent application will remain at £152 and £608 respectively. And the fee for the approval letter in respect of the initial application will continue to be £456. The application fee for Tier 1 exceptional talent dependants will also remain unchanged at £608.
Closure of Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur Routes
The Tier 1 entrepreneur will close for new entry clearance applications from March 29, 2019. And Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur will close from July 6, 2019. Accordingly, the Innovator visa UK under Appendix W has replaced Tier 1 entrepreneur. Moreover, the UK start-up visa will replace the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route from July 6, 2019.
Tier 2 Application Charges
There will be no increase in any type of Tier 2 visa fee from outside the UK. Accordingly, the application fees for Tier 2 General, ICT – LT Staff, Sportsperson and Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less will remain at £610. Moreover, the fees for Tier 2 General and ICT – Long Term Staff for more than three years will remain at £1,220.
Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee
Apparently, the application fees for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee will remain unchanged at £482.
Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation
The UK visa fees for Tier 2 General shortage occupation will remain unchanged at £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.
UK Visa Fees 2019 for Tier 5 Temporary Worker
The fees for Tier 5 Temporary Worker will remain unchanged at £244 for:
- Charity Workers
- Creative and Sporting
- Government Authorised Exchange
- Religious Worker
- Youth Mobility Scheme
- International Agreement
Please note: a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for the main applicant under PBS Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4, Tier 5 applications.
Fees for Other Types of Applications and Services
Apparently, apart from the Electronic Visa Waiver, there will be no changes in other types of UK visa fees.
Certificate of entitlement – Right of Abode
The fees for the certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode), remain unchanged at £388.
The UK visa fees 2019 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)
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)
The UK visa fees 2019 for the certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode) will remain unchanged at £154.
Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
The UK visa fees 2019 for a single-entry visa application for replacing a lost BRP will remain unchanged at £154.
UK visa fees 2019 for the electronic visa waiver
The fee will increase from £15 to £30.
Is it possible to get a UK visa fees refund?
Yes, an applicant from Nigeria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt etc can solicit for an application fee refund up to 8 weeks from the date of the application- only if the applicant has not gone through the biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) at the UKVAC.
For instance, an applicant in India completed the online application form and paid the fee on April 9, 2019, with an appointment on April 12, 2019, at UKVAC Mumbai. However, if the applicant subsequently cancels the application without taking biometrics on April 12, 2019, then can claim the UK visa fees refund up-to 8 weeks from April 9, 2019, i.e. up to June 4, 2019.
No fee refund for cancelling the application after biometrics
However, if the applicant attended the appointment on April 12, 2019, and takes the biometrics at UKVAC Mumbai and only subsequently decided to cancel the application then the applicant will not be eligible for a UK visa fees refund.
No UK visa fees refund in case of a refusal decision!
Moreover, an applicant from outside the UK will not get a fee refund in case of a refusal decision because the charges are for the consideration of the UK visa application and certainly not for the grant of a visa.