This relates to the UK visa and immigration charges from April 6, 2020, for entry clearance applications. Accordingly, provides the details of UK Visa Fees 2020 for standard and priority visitor visa applications for 6 months family, general tourists and business visits. And also the UK visa fees 2020 for spouse and partner settlement applications under Appendix FM. Moreover, covers the UK visa cost 2020 for other types of applications such as PBS Tier 1 immigration, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student etc.
UK Visa Application Fees from April 6, 2020
As a matter of fact, the application charges are payable under sections 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014. And are revised only once every year- usually in Feb-March. Although, charges in GBP normally does not change during the year; however, are mostly payable in US$ or in local currencies such as PKR, INR etc. Therefore, the actual payable charges may vary due to exchange rate fluctuations.
Payment and Refund
In fact, applicants need to pay the fee online at the time of finalizing the applications. However, can solicit a refund up to 8 weeks from the date of the application and only before the biometrics. Therefore, an applicant can not claim refund after biometrics and the fee is also not refundable after a refusal.
UK Standard Visitor Visa Fees
In fact, from April 6, 2020, there will be no change in the standard visitor visa application charges. Therefore, the UK Visa Fees 2020 for 6-months visit, tourist, family or business application will remain at £95. And the UK Visa Cost 2020 for 2, 5 and 10-year visit applications will also remain at £361, £655 and £822, respectively. Moreover, the application charges for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults. Finally, the leave to remain application charges for visitor visa extension are £993.
In fact, for fast tracking visit visa applications within 5 working days, the cost of priority service is £220. Therefore, the UK visit visa fast tracking fees in 2020 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively. Apparently, at a few UKVACs, applicants can also purchase the same-day (24-hour) super-priority service for £956. Accordingly, the UK visa fees with same-day premium service for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years are £1,051, £1,317, £1,611 and £1,778, respectively.
Spouse or Partner Visa
Quite clearly, the UK spouse visa fee 2020 is £1,523 for an entry clearance application. However, to fast track processing time within 30 working days (instead of 12-24 weeks) the UK spouse visa fees 2020 with priority service (£573) is £2,096. Please note, civil, unmarried, same-sex partner, fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner also needs to pay the same application charges. Moreover, the fees for spouse visa extension or leave to remain applications are £1,033, £1,533 and £1,833 for standard (normal 8 weeks), 5-day priority or 24-hours super-priority service, respectively. Furthermore, the spouse ILR application charges are £2,389 and £3,189 for normal (6 months) and ILR same day premium service. respectively.
Indeed, there will be no increase in the UK visa fees for Tier 4 students. Accordingly, the UK student visa cost in 2020 will remain at £348. In fact, for fast tracking UK student visa applications, applicants need to pay an additional cost of £220 for priority service. Accordingly, the UK student visa application fees 2020 with priority service are £568. Moreover, the UK student visa cost for dependants is also the same. Moreover, UK student visa cost for short-term study (up to 6 months) and studying English language are £97 and £186, respectively.
Indeed, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from outside the UK. However, can’t switch visitor visa from inside the UK. In fact, the most common and popular application is the 6 months UK standard visitor visa aka England/London tourist visa. Therefore, a fresh applicant usually applies for the 6 months multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism, family or business visits. Whereas, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism, meeting family or business. Moreover, after a refusal, an applicant can reapply or file a judicial review. As a matter of fact, there is no right of appeal to challenge visitor visa refusal.
All Types of Visit or Transit Visas
Indeed, from April 6, 2020, there will be no increase in the cost of any type of temporary visit or transit visa application. Moreover, certain applicants can also fast-track applications by paying £220 for the 5 working day priority service.
|Visit Visa Fees for 6 months||£95|
|2 Year Visit Visa Cost||£361|
|5 Year Visit Visa||£655|
|10 Year UK Visa Fees||£822|
|Visiting Academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months||£190|
|Private Medical Treatment – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||£190|
|Marriage Visitor Visa||£95|
|UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa 30 days||£95|
|Chinese Tour Group (ADS)||£95|
|Short-Term Study (up to 6 months) for adult and child||£97|
|Short Term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||£186|
|Transit visa (direct airside transit)||£35|
|Transit visit visa (landside transit)||£64|
|Electronic Visa Waiver – only for for the nationals of UAE, Oman and Qatar|
As a matter of fact, the innovator, start-up, and global talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Graduate Entrepreneur and Exceptional Talent, respectively. Moreover, a CESC discount of £55 is applicable for the main applicant.
|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|
Indeed, from April 6, 2020, there will be no increase in the cost of family settlement visa applications. Moreover, certain applicants can also fast-track applications by paying £573 for the 30 working day priority service.
|Parent of a child under Appendix FM||£1,523|
|Other dependant relatives – (ADR)||£3,250|
|Refugee dependant relative||£388|
|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|
|Certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode)||£388|
Tier 2 Skilled Workers
Indeed, from April 6, 2020, there will be no increase in the cost of Tier 2 work visa applications. Moreover, Tier 2 visa main applicants will continue to avail the CESC discount of £55. In fact, at certain UKVACs, Tier 2 applicants can also fast-track applications by paying £220 for the 5 working day priority service.
|Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or less||£610|
|Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or more||£1,220|
|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||£610|
|Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or more||£1,220|
|Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT)||£482|
|Tier 2 Minister of Religion||£610|
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
Indeed, from April 6, 2020, there will be no increase in the cost of Tier 1 visa applications. Moreover, certain Tier 1 main applicants will continue to avail the CESC discount of £55.
|Tier 1 Investor||£1,623|
|Tier 1 Entrepreneur||£1,021|
|Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only||£608|
|Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant||£1,021|
|Post Study Work (PSW) – dependant||£604|
Tier 5 Temporary Workers
Indeed, the UK visa fees 2020 is £244 for Tier 5:
- Charity Workers
- Creative and Sporting
- Government Authorised Exchange
- Religious Worker
- Youth Mobility Scheme
- International Agreement
Other Applications and Services
In fact, from April 6, 2020, there will be no increase in the cost of other applications and services.
|Representatives of overseas businesses||£610|
|UK Ancestry Visa||£516|
|Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)||£516|
|Overseas domestic worker in a private household||£516|
|Fisherman operating inside UK waters||£516|
|Transfer of Conditions (UK vignette transfer cost)||£154|
|Single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)||£154|
|Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour)||£142|
|Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents||£141|
|User-pay visa application centre||£55|