This relates to the UK visa and immigration charges effective from January 31, 2021, for entry clearance applications. Accordingly, provides the details of UK Visa Fees 2021 for Standard Visitor Visa applications for 6 months family, general tourists and business visits – with Coronavirus (Covid-19) update. And also the UK visa fees 2021 for Spouse, partner and family settlement applications under Appendix FM. Moreover, covers the application cost 2021 for UK Student, Work and Priority Services.
1. UK Visa Application Fees from Jan 31, 2021
From January 31, 2021, there will be no increase in the UK Visa Application Fees and Service Charges.
Please note, the UK visa application charges are payable under sections 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014. The UK Government revises the Home Office Nationality and Immigration Charges once every year- normally in Feb-March. Accordingly, after the yearly revision, the UK visa application fee in GBP usually does not change. However, since application fees 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.
How to Pay UK Visa Fees 2020/21?
Applicants need to pay the fee online at the time of finalizing the applications.
UK Visa Application Fee Refund
In case of application cancellation, an applicant can solicit a UK visa fee refund up to 8 weeks from the date of the application and only before the biometrics. Therefore, applicants can not claim refund after biometrics. Moreover, the UK Visa Fee is also not refundable after a refusal.
UK Standard Visitor Visa Fees 2021
From January 31, 2021, there will be no change in the standard visitor visa application charges. Accordingly, the UK Visa Fees 2021 for 6-months visit, tourist, family or business application will remain at £95. And the charges for 2, 5 and 10-year long term visitor visa will also remain at £361, £655 and £822, respectively, for applications from outside the UK. Please note:
- Application charges for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults.
- 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.
- Non-visa nationals such as US, Australian, Canadian nationals usually don’t need a visa for visiting the UK
- Since Dec 18, 2020, the British Government has placed Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions due to Coronavirus (Covid-19). Therefore, travelling for a holiday is not permitted under alert level 4 in the UK
UK Priority Visitor Visa Fees 2021
From Jan 31, 2021, there will be no increase in the charges for the premium services.
For fast tracking visit visa applications within 5 working days, the cost of priority service will remain at £220. Therefore, the UK visit visa fast tracking fees in 2021 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications will remain at £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.
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.
Please note, Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions have affected the provision of priority and super-priority premium services at a number of Visa Application Centre (VACs).
UK Student Visa Cost 2020/21
There will be no increase in the UK student visa fees from Jan 31, 2021. Accordingly, the UK student visa cost in 2021 will remain at £348. For fast tracking, applicants need to pay an additional cost of £220 for priority service. Therefore, the UK student visa application fees in 2021 with priority service will be £568. Moreover, the UK visa cost for child students and dependants is also the same.
4. Family Settlement
Indeed, from Jan 31, 2021, there will be no increase in the cost of route to settlement i.e. UK spouse and family settlement visa applications. Moreover, certain applicants can also fast-track applications by paying £573 for the 30 working day priority service.
UK Spouse Visa Fees 2020/21
The UK spouse visa fee 2021 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 with priority service (£573) is £2,096. The fees for spouse visa extension or leave to remain applications from inside the UK are £1,033, £1,533 and £1,833 for standard (normal 8 weeks), 5-day priority or 24-hours super-priority service, respectively. Spouse visa ILR application charges are £2,389 and £3,189 for normal (6 months) and ILR same day premium service, respectively.
UK Partner and Fiancé(e) Visa Fees 2020/21
The UK Visa fee for civil, unmarried, same-sex partner, fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner is £1,523 for an entry clearance application. The application cost of civil, unmarried, same-sex partner, fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner visa extension or leave to remain applications from inside the UK is £1,033.
UK Work Visa Fees 2020/21
There will be no changes in the UK work visa fees from Jan 31, 2021. For details please refer to Price List
Please note, the innovator, start-up, and global talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Graduate Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, respectively. Moreover, Skilled Worker, Intra Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson, T2 Minister of Religion and T5 Temporary Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General, Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT), Tier 2 Sportsperson, Tier 2 Minister of Religion and Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa, respectively.
A Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for main applicants under the following routes:
- Global Talent initial application
- Global Talent subsequent application
- Tier 1 Entrepreneur
- Skilled Worker
- Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion
- Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee
- T5 (Temporary Worker)
No Fee for UK Covid-19 Visa Concession Scheme (CVCS)
If a person with a valid leave has left the UK before 17 March 2020 and intended to return but was unable to do so before the visa expired because of travel restrictions related to coronavirus (COVID-19) then can apply for Covid Visa Concession Scheme (CVCS). Apart from visitors, the CVCS is available until 31 March 2021 for all other routes and it is free of application charges.
Impact of Coronavirus on UK Visa and Immigration
For latest updates and details please refer to UK Visa Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance
7. Priority Visa
UK Priority Visa Fees 2020/21
From Jan 31, 2021, there will be no changes in the UK priority visa service for settlement (£573) and non-settlement (£220) applications. Moreover, the charger for super-priority (£956) and other premium services will also remain the same.
8. Latest Price List
From Jan 31, 2021, there will no changes in the visa fees for Temporary Visitors, Students, Spouse and Family Settlement, PBS and Non-PBS work, priority and other applications and services from outside the UK.
|UK visit visa fee for 6 months||£95|
|Price of UK visit visa fee for 2 years*||£361|
|Visit visa UK fee for 5 years||£655|
|Cost of UK visit visa for 10 years||£822|
|Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months also needs to pay £470 Healthcare Surcharge||£190|
|UK Private Medical Treatment Visit Visa Fee for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months||£190|
|Marriage Visit Visa UK Fee for 6 months||£95|
|UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa 30 days||£95|
|Transit visa – (direct airside transit)||£35|
|Transit visit visa (landside transit)||£64|
|Visa for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft||£64|
|Electronic Visa Waiver – only for for the nationals of UAE, Oman and Qatar||£30|
UK Student Visa Cost 2020/21
|Short term student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months also needs to pay £470 Healthcare Surcharge||£186|
|Student – main applicant and dependants||£348|
UK Spouse and Family Settlement Visa Fees 2020/21
|Route to Settlement (Spouse, Partner and Parent of a British Child Visa)||£1,523|
|Route to Settlement – other dependant relative (ADR)||£3,250|
|Route to Settlement – 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|
UK Work Visa Fees 2020/21
|Innovator Visa – main applicant and dependants||£1021|
|Start-up Visa – main applicant and dependants||£363|
|Approval letter in respect of an initial application for Global Talent||£456|
|Global Talent Visa – initial application||£152|
|Global Talent – subsequent application||£608|
|Global Talent – dependant||£608|
|Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only||£608|
|Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – main applicants and dependants||£1,021|
|Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – dependants only||£363|
|Tier 1 (Investor) – main applicant and dependants||£1,623|
UK Visa Fees for Skilled Worker 2021
|Skilled worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants||£610|
|Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants||£1,220|
|Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants||£464|
|Skilled Worker, shortage occupation, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants||£928|
|Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants||£232|
|Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants||£464|
|Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants||£232|
|Skilled Worker – Shortage Occupation – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants||£464|
UK Visa Fees for Intra-Company Transfer 2021
|Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants||£610|
|Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants||£1,220|
|Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee – main applicant and dependants||£482|
UK Visa Fees for T5 Temporary Worker
|T5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme – main applicant and dependants||£244|
UK Priority Visa and Premium Service Fees 2021
|Priority visa service – settlement||£573|
|Priority visa service – non-settlement||£220|
|Super priority visa service||£956|
|User-pay visa application centre||£55|
|International Contact Centre – Email Service (per query)||£2.74|
|International Contact Centre – Telephone Helpline (per minute)||£0.69|
UK Visa Cost 2021 for Other Visas and Services
|Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) – service of consular officers||£142|
|Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents – consular functions||£141|
|Processing an application which is subsequently rejected as invalid||£25|
|Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)||£154|
|Certificate of entitlement – (Right of Abode)||£388|
|Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)||£154|
|Representative of an overseas business – main applicant and dependants||£610|
|Other visa such as UK Ancestry Visa, Parent of a Tier 4 Child, Domestic Worker||£516|
|Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months||£180|
|Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years||£250|
*UK 2 Year Visitor Visa Fee for Chinese National
Application fee of £95 where the applicant is a Chinese national applying in mainland China under the Chinese visa scheme.
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