UK visa application charges and cost 2020

This relates to the latest UK visa and immigration application fees 2020/21, effective from February 20, 2020, for all types of entry clearance applications such as standard visitor visa for family, general tourists, business, spouse settlement, Tier 1, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student etc. Please note there has been no increase in the cost of any type of UK visa application from February 20, 2020.

In fact, usually, the UK visa application fees in GBP usually does not change during the year. As a practice, the Home Office only revises the fees only once every year. Perhaps, usually in the months of Feb-March. However, the application fees are payable in GBP in only a few countries. Therefore, in most of the countries, the application charges are payable in either US$ or in local currencies such as PKR, INR etc. Therefore, during the year, the actual payable UK visa application cost may vary due to the fluctuations in the exchange rate. Moreover, the application charges are payable under regulations made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 68 and 69 of the Immigration Act 2014. And applicants usually need to pay the application charges online at the time of finalizing their applications.

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UK Visitor Visa Fees 2020/21

Standard Visitor Visa

In fact, from February 20, 2020, there will be no change in the UK standard visitor visa application fees. Apparently, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa application from outside the UK. Perhaps, the most common and popular UK application type is the 6 months standard visitor visa aka England/London tourist visa. The UK visit visa fees for 6 months will remain at £95 after February 20, 2020. And the charges for 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa applications will remain at £361, £655 and £822, respectively. Moreover, the UK visitor visa fees with priority service (£220) for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.

UK Tourist and Family Visitor Visa Fees 2020/21

Usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the application fee for the first time 6-months UK tourist visa application 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 tourist visa fee for 2, 5 and 10-year applications are £361, £655 and £822, respectively. Moreover, the UK tourist visa fees with priority service for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10-year applications are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.

UK Business Visitor Visa Fees 2020/21

Certainly, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent. Accordingly, the UK business visitor visa fees for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications are £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 are £315, £581, £875 and £1,042, respectively.

Infants and UK Child Visitor Visa Fees 2020/21

The application charges for infants under 5 and children under 18 is the same as that for adults. Therefore, the UK child visitor visa fees 2020 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10-year applications are also £95, £361, £655 and £822, respectively.

Study & Work in the UK

2-Year Post Study Work (PSW) Visa

Visiting Academics

From February 20, 2020, the UK visiting academic visa fees for more than 6 months but less than 12 months will remain at £190.

Private Medical Treatment

Quite clearly, the UK visa application fees for more than 6 months but less than 11 months private medical treatment visa after February 20, 2020, will remain at £190

In fact, 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, 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 but less then 11 months.

UK Marriage Visitor Visa Fees

Apparently, the UK visa application fees 2020/21 for a 6-month marriage visitor visa is £95.

Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE)

Apparently, the UK permitted paid engagement visa fees will remain at £95.

Chinese Tour Groups – ADS

Moreover, the UK visa fees for Chinese Tour Group (ADS) is £95.

UK Short-Term Study Visa Fees

Apparently, the price of UK short-term study visa (up to 6 months) for adult and child is £97. However, the cost of UK short-term study visa for studying the English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months is £186.

UK Transit Visa Fees

Furthermore, the UK visa application charges 2020/21 for direct airside and landside transit visa are £35 and £64, respectively.

Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW)

Apparently, the fee for UK Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW aka UK e-visa) is £30 for the nationals of UAE, Oman and Qatar.

UK Priority Visa Fees 2020/21

In fact, the cost of priority visa service is £220 for processing of tourist, business, family visitor visa, Tier 2 work, Tier 4 student, Tier 5 temporary worker applications within 5 working days or one week instead of 15-60 working days. However, the charges for priority visa service are £573 for processing of spouse and family settlement visa application within 6 weeks instead of 12-24 weeks.

Super-Priority Visa Fees

The charges for UK super-priority visa service are £956 for processing a non-settlement application within 24-hours.

UK Visa Fees Refund

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. Perhaps, only if the applicant has not gone through the biometrics at the UKVAC.

For instance, an applicant completes the online application form. And pays the fee on Aug 28, 2020, with an appointment on Sept 2, 2020, at UKVAC. However, if the applicant subsequently cancels the application without taking biometrics on Aug 30, 2020, then can claim the refund up to 8 weeks from Aug 28, 2020.

Can an applicant get a fee refund after biometrics?

No, an applicant can not get a refund, if the applicant cancels the application after biometrics.

For instance, if an applicant attends the appointment on Sept 2, 2020, and takes the biometrics at UKVAC. However, subsequently decides to cancel the application then the applicant will not be eligible for a 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.

How to know the application status?

If you want to know the status of your application after biometrics then can contact the UKVI’s international contact centre by Email (£5.48 per query) and Telephone (£1.37 per minute) from outside the UK.

Do non-visa nationals require a visa to visit the UK?

No, for visiting the 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:

  • visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of intention, or
  • seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months. For instance, as visiting academics or for private medical treatment.

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Family Visas

Quite clearly there is no increase in the cost of settlement applications from February 20, 2020.

UK Spouse Visa Fees 2020/21

Accordingly, the UK spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner visa application fee 2020/21 is £1,523. Moreover, the charges are the same for the fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. Moreover, the UK spouse priority visa fees is £2,096/- i.e. UK spouse visa charges £1,523 plus the cost of settlement priority service £573.

Dependant child

The charges for a child settlement application under Appendix FM are £1,523.

Parent of a child under Appendix FM

Evidently, the charges for the parent of a child under Appendix FM are £1,523.

Other dependant relatives

The UK settlement visa fee 2020/21 for other dependants (ADR) is £3,250. In fact, in the context of ADR, a dependant family member means an applicant, who requires care, such as a parent, grandparent, brother or sister and son or daughter aged 18 years or over.

Refugee dependant relative

The UK settlement visa fee 2020/21 for a refugee dependant relative is £388.

Dependants of the Members of HM Armed Forces

Apparently, the UK visa application charges are £2,389 for Indefinite leave to enter 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 UK visa fees 2020/21 for the certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode) is £388.

PBS Applications

High Value Tier 1

Apparently, from February 20, 2020, there will be no change in Home Office Fees for any type of Tier 1 applications from outside the UK.

Tier 1 Investor

Apparently, the UK Tier 1 Investor application fees 2020/21 for entry clearance applications is £1,623 for main applicants and dependants.

UK Visa Fees for Tier 1 Entrepreneur

Evidently, the UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa fees 2020/21 is £1,021. However, the UK innovator visa under Appendix W has replaced Tier 1 Entrepreneur for fresh applications from March 29, 2019.

UK Visa Fees 2020/21 for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

The UK visa cost 2020/21 for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur entry clearance applications is £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

In fact, the UK visa fees 2020/21 for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent initial and subsequent applications are £152 and £608 respectively. And the charges for the approval letter in respect of the initial application are £456. Moreover, the cost of Tier 1 exceptional talent dependant application is £608.

Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant applicants

Apparently, the UK visa application cost 2020/21 for Tier General and PSW dependant applicants are £1,021 and £604, respectively.

Skilled Tier 2

From February 20, 2020, there will be no increase in Tier 2, Tier 4 student and Tier 5 temporary worker 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 and Tier 5 main applicants.

Tier 2 General

Quite clearly, the UK visa application fees 2020/21 for Tier 2 General is £610, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less. However, if the CoS is issued for a period of 3 years or more then the UK Tier 2 General visa fees are £1,220.

Application Fees for Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation

The UK visa fees 2020/21 for Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation are £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 Intra-company Transfer (ICT)

Apparently, UK visa fees 2020/21 for Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) Long Term Staff are £610 and £1,220, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less and 3 years or more, respectively. Moreover, the application fees for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee is £482.

Tier 2 Minister of Religion

In fact, the UK visa application charges for Tier 2 Minister of Religion are £610

Tier 2 Sportspersons

The UK visa application charges 2020/21 for Tier-2 Sportsperson are £610.

Tier 4 Students

The UK visa fees 2020/21 for Tier 4 students and their dependants is £348. Moreover, the fees for Tier 4 priority visa are £568.

Tier 5 Temporary Workers

The application charges are £244 for Tier 5 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.

Other Services and Non-PBS Work Visa

UK Startup Visa Fees 2020/21

The UK visa fees 2020/21 for UK start-up entry clearance applications is £363. Moreover, a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for the main applicant.

Innovator Visa

The UK visa fees 2020/21 for UK innovator visa entry clearance applications is £1,021. Moreover, a Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies for the main applicant.

UK Global Talent Fees 2020/21

In fact, the UK visa fees 2020/21 for Global Talent initial and subsequent applications are £152 and £608 respectively. And the charges for the approval letter in respect of the Global Talent initial application are £456. Moreover, the cost of Global Talent dependant application is £608.

Other Applications and Services

Other Applications and ServicesUK Visa Fees 2020/21
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
Offshore worker£516
Fisherman operating inside UK waters£516
Sheep Shearer£516
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer)£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
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Country-specific details:

Moreover, to know the country-specific details of UK visa applications and priority service please refer to Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE and the USA.