UK Visa Fees 2019/20 for Applications made from Outside the UK

UK Visa Fee 2019/20 for 6 Months and 2, 5, 10 Years visitor visaThis relates to the latest UK Visa Fees 2019/20, effective from March 29, 2019, for applications from outside the United Kingdom. Perhaps, 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%. Accordingly, the post tries to explain the detail of the following topics:

  1. UK visitor visa fees for standard and other types of applications
  2. UK settlement visa application fees for spouse and family members
  3. Application charges for Tier 1
  4. Application Charges for Tier 2, 4 and 5
  5. Other types of applications
  6. Cost of optional premium services outside the UK
  7. UK visa fees 2019/20 faqs
    • How to pay the UK visa fees 2019/20?
    • Does the fee change during the year?
    • Is it possible to get a UK visa fees refund?
    • Can I get fee refund if I cancel my application after biometrics?
    • Is there a fee refund in case of a refusal decision?
    • What is the UK tourist visa fees with priority service?
    • What is UK business visitor visa fees with priority service?
    • Do non-visa nationals require a visa to visit the UK?

1) UK visa application fees 2019/20 in GBP

Please note: the annual price revision is always in GBP by the British Home Office. Moreover, the application fee is payable under regulations made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014.

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!

UK visa fees 2019 for the electronic visa waiver

The fee for electronic visa waiver (EVW) will increase from £15 to £30. Evidently, only nationals of UAE, Oman and Qatar are eligible for EVW in lieu of 6-months standard visitor visa.

2-year visa application cost with priority service

The UK visa fees 2019/20 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 2019/20 for 10 years with priority service is £1,042/-i.e. application cost £822 plus the priority service £220.

Visiting academics

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.

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. 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 visitors

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

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 – ADS

The application fee under Chinese Tour Group (ADS) will increase from £93 to £95.

Transit passengers

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.

Short-term study

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.

UK visitor visa fees 2019/20

UK visitor visa fees 2019/20

2) UK settlement visa fees for spouse and family members

There will be no increase in the cost of settlement applications.

UK spouse and dependant family member visa fees

Accordingly, the UK spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner visa application fees will remain unchanged at £1,523. And also the UK visa fees 2019/20 for the fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner, parent of a child, and dependant child applications under Appendix FM will remain at £1,523.

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.

Other dependant family members

Moreover, the UK settlement visa fee for other dependants (ADR) will continue to be £3,250 per applicant.

Refugee dependant relative

The settlement visa fee for a refugee dependant relative will remain at £388.

Members of armed forces

£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), remain unchanged at £388.

UK spouse and family settlement visa application fees 2019/20

UK spouse and family settlement visa application fees 2019/20

3) Application charges for Tier 1

Evidently, there will be no change in Home Office Fees for PBS Tier 1 entry clearance applications from outside the UK.

Tier 1 Investor application fee

Accordingly, the Tier 1 Investor application fee for entry clearance applications will remain at the present level of £1,623 for main applicants and dependants.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur application fee

Evidently, the fee for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance applications will remain at £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

Furthermore, the Home Office Immigration and Nationality fee 2019/20 for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur entry clearance applications will remain at £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

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.

Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant applicants only

Apparently, the UK visa fees 2019/2020 for Tier General and PSW dependant applicants will continue to remain at £1,021 and £604, respectively.

Tier 1 Application Charges for entry clearance applications from outside the UK

Tier 1 Application Charges for entry clearance applications

4) Application Charges for Tier 2, 4 and 5

There will be no increase in any type of Tier 2 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 main applicants.

UK visa fees 2019/29 for Tier 2 applications

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.

Tier 2 entry clearance application charges 2019

Tier 2 entry clearance application charges 2019

Tier 4 students

The new UK visa fees for Tier 4 Students and their dependants will remain at £348.

UK visa fees 2019 for Tier 5 temporary workers

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 discount of £55 applies for the Tier 5.

5) UK visa fees 2019/20 for other types of applications

Evidently, 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.

UK visa fees 2019/20 for start-up and innovator

The fee 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.

UK visa fees 2019/20 for representative of an overseas business

The application fee for the representative of an overseas business will remain unchanged at £610.

Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)

The UK visa fees 2019 for Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer) will remain unchanged at £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) will remain unchanged at £154.

UK visa fees 2019/20 for other types of applications

The UK visa fees 2019 for other less frequent types of applications will remain unchanged at £516 for:

Other services

The cost of call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) will remain at £142. Moreover, there is no change in the charges (£141) for receiving, preparing and forwarding documents.

Cost of other types of UK visa applications

Cost of other types of UK visa applications 2019/20

6) Cost of optional premium services outside the UK

Certainly, in order to facilitate applicants, UKVI offers a few optional user-pay services from outside the UK. However, the charges of these services are in addition to the standard visa applications fees. Evidently, apart from an increase of £8 in the priority service fee, there has been no increase in the premium services from outside the UK. Please note the purchase of priority and super-priority services does not guarantee a prompt or favourable decision. Perhaps, these are only for straightforward cases. However, if your case is complex and you like to purchase the priority or super-priority service then no one will stop you to purchase the service.

Super-priority visa service

£956 for Super priority visa service from outside the UK for processing of non-settlement applications within 24-hours.

Priority visa service – settlement

£573 for Priority visa service – settlement from outside the UK for processing of settlement applications for spouse and family members within 30 working days or 6 weeks.

Priority visa service – non-settlement

£220 for Priority visa service – non-settlement from outside the UK for processing of non-settlement applications (such as visitor, Tier 4 student applications) within 5 working days or one week.

International enquiry service

If you want to know the status of your application after biometrics then can contact the UKVI’s international contact centre

Email service

£5.48 for International Contact Centre Email Service (per query) from outside the UK.

Telephone service

£1.37 fee International Contact Centre Telephone Helpline (per minute) from outside the UK.

Moreover, the cost of User-pay visa application centre service is £55.

Cost of Optional premium services outside the UK

Cost of Optional premium services outside the UK

7) UK visa fees 2019/20 faqs

This covers a few faqs relating to UK visa fees, especially for the first time tourist and business visitors.

How to pay the UK visa fees 2019/20?

All applicants need to pay the fees online after finalizing their applications.

Does the fee change during the year?

No, the UK visa fees in GBP usually does not change during the year. Perhaps, the Home Office only revises the UK visa fees once every year, usually in March. However, the application fees, apart from GBP, are mostly payable in US$ and also 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.

Is it possible to get a UK visa fees refund?

Yes, an applicant 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 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 UK visa fees refund up-to 8 weeks from Aug 28, 2019.

Can I get fee refund if I cancel my application after biometrics?

No, an applicant can not get UK visa fees 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 UK visa fees 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.

What is the UK tourist visa fees 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.

What is UK 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.

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 visitorsnon-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.

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