This relates to the latest Home Office Fees 2020/21 for Immigration and Nationality Charges. Indeed, there will be no changes in the Home Office Fees from April 6, 2020. Therefore, indefinite leave to remain (ILR), British Citizenship and Naturalisation application fees will remain the same. Moreover, the ILR same day fees 2020 for indefinite leave to remain applications will also remain at £3,189.

Home Office Fees 2020/21: Immigration and Nationality Charges

The Home Office revises Nationality and Immigration charges once every year. In fact, the charges are payable under section 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014. The UKVI also offers some user-pay premium services for which applicants needs to pay additional charges. Therefore, the Home Office Fees depends on the type of application and service. Accordingly, the Home Office fees can be as low as £475 or £493 for Tier 4 student visa extension or startup visa, respectively. However, the Home Office Immigration and Nationality Charges can be as high as £1,408 or £2,389 for Tier 2 leave to remain or ILR application, respectively.

Fast Tracking

Furthermore, depending on the type of application, an applicant can opt for 5-day priority or 24 hour super-priority service for fast tracking processing time by paying additional charges of £500 or £800, respectively. Nevertheless, these priority and premium services are only recommended for a straightforward application.

 

ILR

Indeed, there will be no increase in ILR visa application fees from April 6, 2020. Accordingly, the indefinite leave to remain (ILR) fees will remain at £2,389. In fact, the ILR fees are applicable for all types of indefinite leave to remain applications. For instance, the indefinite leave to remain (ILR) Fees 2020 for PBS Tier 1 investor, Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Spouse visa applications under Appendix FM are £2,389.

Same Day Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Fees 2020

Apparently, the Home Office Fees 2020/21 for the same day (24 hours) processing of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or no time limit (NTL) applications are £3,189/- i.e. application fees £2,389/- plus the cost of super-priority visa service £800. 

Naturalisation

Indeed, there will be no increase in the British Naturalisation Fees 2020. Accordingly, the British naturalisation fees will remain at £1,330, inclusive of the citizenship ceremony fee of £80. Moreover, the naturalisation fees for British overseas territory citizens will be £1,000. Please note, if an application is unsuccessful or withdrawn, then Naturalisation Fees are refunded. In fact, after deducting administration charges of £25 from the Naturalisation Fees.

British Citizenship

Evidently, there will be no increase in the British citizenship fees from April 6, 2020. Accordingly, the British Citizenship Fees 2020 for adults will remain at £1,206, inclusive of british citizenship ceremony fees of £80. Please note that the Home Office administrative cost of processing British Citizenship Application in 2020 is only £372. However, if an application is unsuccessful or withdrawn then the British Citizenship fees are refunded after deducting £25.

The Secretary of State has said that only £372 of that fee is attributed to the administrative cost of processing the application
Bailii.org

Child Registration Fees – British Citizenship

Indeed, despite all the criticism and legal hearing, the British Citizenship Fees 2020 for Child Registration will remain at £1,012. Moreover, if a minor turns 18 during the application process then needs to pay £80 fees for british citizenship ceremony at the point of decision.

The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) argues the “exorbitant” £1,012 registration fee, for an application which costs the Home Office just £372 to process, is unlawfully high. The charity says many children who are entitled to citizenship, having been born in the UK and lived here for their first 10 years, are prevented from applying because of the cost.
The Guardian

British overseas citizens

Indeed, the Home Office Fees for nationality registration of adult British overseas citizens will remain at £901. However, the nationality registration charges for children will continue to remain at £810.

Leave to Remain

As a matter of fact, there will be no change in the leave to remain fees from April 6, 2020. Accordingly, the leave to remain application fees will remain at £1,033. Moreover, the leave to remain fees with priority (5-day) and same day super-priority service are £1,533 and £1,833/-, respectively. In fact, the leave to remain fees are not applicable for all types of switching and extension applications. For instance, the leave to remain fees for PBS Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur are £1,623 and £1,277, respectively. However, the leave to remain fees for UK spouse visa application under Appendix FM are £1,033.

Appendix W

In fact, the innovator, startup and global talent visas have replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Graduate Entrepreneur and Exceptional Talent, respectively. Moreover, a CESC discount of £55 is applicable for the main applicant.

Type Charges
Start-up Visa £493
Innovator Visa £1,277
Global Talent initial application £152
Approval letter in respect of an initial application for Global Talent £456
Global Talent – subsequent application £608
Global Talent – dependants £608

Tier 1 High Value Migrants

Indeed, there will be no changes in the Home Office Fees 2020 for Tier 1 Applicants. Moreover, certain Tier 1 main applicants will continue to avail the £55 CESC discount.

Type Charges
Tier 1 Investor £1,623
Tier 1 Entrepreneur £1,277
Graduate Entrepreneur £493
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent– dependants only £608
Tier 1 General – dependant £1,878

Tier 2 Skilled Workers

Indeed, there will be no changes in the Home Office Fees 2020 for Tier 2 Applicants. Moreover, Tier 2 main applicants will continue to avail the £55 CESC discount.

Type Charges
Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or less £704
Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or more £1,408
Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or less £464
Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or more £928
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or less £704
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or more £1,408
Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT) £482
Tier 2 Minister of Religion £704
Tier-2 Sportsperson £704

Tier 4 Students

Indeed, the Home Office Fees for Tier 4 student leave to remain and extension visa will remain at £475. Moreover, the visa fees for Tier 4 students with 5-day priority and same-day premium  service will also remain at £975 and £1,275, respectively.

Tier 5 Temporary Workers

Apparently, the Tier 5 leave to remain and extension application charges will also remain at £244 for:

  1. Charity Workers
  2. Creative and Sporting
  3. Government Authorised Exchange
  4. Religious Worker
  5. Youth Mobility Scheme
  6. International Agreement 

Premium Sponsor Scheme

Indeed, there will be no increase in the Home Office Fees 2020 for Premium Sponsor Scheme.

Premium Sponsor Scheme Charges
Large Sponsor Tier-2 & 5 £25,000
Small Sponsor Tier-2 & 5 £8,000
Large Sponsor Tier-2 & 5 for a period of 3 months £6,250
Small Sponsor Tier-2 & 5 for a period of 3 months £2,000
Tier 4 £8,000
Premium Change of Circumstances £200

Sponsor Licence

In fact, from Feb 20, 2020, there will be no increase in the Home Office Fees for Sponsor Licence.

Type Charges
Large Sponsor Licence Tier-2 (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5) £1,476
Small Sponsor Licence Tier-2 (may also include Tier 4 and/or Tier 5 ) £536
Tier-4 sponsor licence £536
Tier 5 sponsor licence £536 £536
Add Tier 2 to an existing Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 licence (Large Sponsor) £940
Basic compliance assessment (previously ‘Tier 4 Sponsor status’) £536
Sponsor action plan £1,476

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

Indeed, the Home Office Fees 2020 for Tier-2 and Tier-5 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) are £199 and £21, respectively. Moreover, the Immigration and Nationality charges for Tier 4 Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) are £21.

Other Fees and Charges

Type Charges
Leave to Enter Fees for persons liable to immigration detention £1,033
Certificate of Travel – Adults £280
Certificate of Travel – Children £141
Convention Travel Documents – Adults £75
Convention Travel Documents – Children £49
Transfer of Conditions (TOC) or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – indefinite leave to remain (ILR) Fees £229
TOC or Application for a document confirming identity and immigration or nationality status – leave to remain £161
Renunciation of Nationality £372
Certificate of Entitlement (Right of Abode) £372
Nationality Review application £372
Status Letter £250
Non-acquisition Letter £250
Nationality Correction to a Certificate £250
Nationality – supply of a certified copy of a notice, certificate, order or declaration £250
Life in the UK test £50
Administrative Review £80
Invalid applications – processing an application which subsequently rejected as invalid £25
Biometric residence permit (BRP) / replacement BRP £56
Biometric enrolment £19.20
The arrangement of a citizenship ceremony (including the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge at the ceremony) £80
The administration of a citizenship oath, or oath and pledge. Where the oath, or oath and pledge, are not administered at a citizenship ceremony or by a justice of the peace £5
Representatives of an overseas business £704
Retired persons of independent means £1,949
Visitor Extension main applicant & all dependants £993
European residence document £65
Leave to remain Appendix EU £0

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Home Office Fees 2020 and Hidden Cost

Although, there are no hidden charges, but there is a huge difference between the Home Office Fees and administrative cost of application processing. For instance, the Home Office charges an indefinite leave to remain fee of £2,389, but the administrative cost of processing an ILR application is only £243. Therefore, Home Office is facing severe criticism and court cases to rationalize the end-user fee structure. Nevertheless, in order to escape the public censure, the HM’s Government decided not to increase the Immigration and Nationality charges in 2019 and 2020.

Home Office makes £500m from immigration fees

The Times

ILR, NATURALISATION AND BRITISH CITIZENSHIP FEES VS. ACTUAL COST

Indeed, there is a huge disparity between the Home Office Fees and actual cost of processing ILR, Naturalisation and British Citizenship Registration applications. In fact, depending on the type of the application, the end user charges are 217.74% to 983.13% higher than the actual cost to process an application. Nevertheless, those applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications bear the brunt. Quite clearly, the Home Office ILR Fees (£2,389) are nearly 10 times (983.13%) higher than the actual cost of processing (£243). Therefore, on each and every ILR application, the Home Office makes a hefty margin of £2,146.

Home Office Fees and Actual Cost
Application Type Fees Cost
ILR 2,389 243
Naturalisation 1,250 372
Nationality Registration – Adult 1,126 372
Nationality Registration – Child 1,012 372

Cost Per Migration Decision (in-country and overseas)

Indeed, the average cost per migration decision has decreased from £217 (2010) to £155 in 2019. However, the Home Office fees have increased considerably. For instance, the indefinite leave to remain (ILR), British Citizenship (Nationality Registration Adult) and Naturalisation application fees have increased from £900 (ILR Postal), £580 and £780 in 2010 to £2,389, £1,126 and £1,250 in 2020, respectively.

Cost Per Decision (CPD)
FY Cost Decisions CPD
10/11 £801 m 3.686 m £217
11/12 £750 m 3.364 m £223
12/13 £603 m 3.326 m £182
13/14 £657 m 3.806 m £173
14/15 £592 m 3.580 m £166
15/16 £651 m 3.759 m £173
16/17 £643 m 3.967 m £162
17/18 £612 m 3.973 m £154
18/19 £645 m 4.160 m £155

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