visa fees outside the UK
visa fees outside the UK

Generally, there are three main components to a successful visa application. The applicants will need to meet the suitability requirements. In the rules, the Home Office sometimes refers to them as ‘general grounds for refusal’. I’ve written several articles about this. Feel free to explore the website. However, generally, to meet the suitability requirements, you’ll need to prove to the decision-maker that you are a ‘suitable person to enter the UK’. The suitability requirements are all about criminal convictions, dishonesty in visa applications, failure to do something, which the decision-maker wants the applicant to do, failure to pay Home Office’s litigation costs (if any), debts to the NHS as so on.

The second component is meeting the eligibility requirements. These will be unique, depending on the type of the application.

And finally, the 3rd component to a successful application is following the correct procedure.

 

The Procedure

In the majority of cases, the procedure will consist of 5 elements:

  1. Completing the correct online form;
  2. You are paying the fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge. If you are applying outside the UK, the payment will be in your local currency.
  3. Submitting your ID together with all the supporting documents
  4. Submitting your Tuberculosis certificate (if this applies)
  5. Submitting your Biometrics

 

Visa Fees

The principal behind the visa fee structure is straightforward. Every person pays even if this person is not the main applicant and also if it is a child.

I thought it would be helpful if I insert the table with the most fee for the applications. Please do bear in mind,  that this is likely to change from April 2021. Also, I have not included any premium services in the table.

 

Visas/applications made outside the UK From 6th April 2020 
Visit visa < 6 months £95
Visit visa < 2 years £361
Visit visa < 5 years £655
Visit visa <10 years £822
Visiting academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months £190
Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £190
Short-term Student visa (up to 6 months) £97
Short-term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months £186
Settlement £1,523
Settlement – other dependant relative £3,250
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
Certificate of entitlement – (right of abode) £388
Other visa £516
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
Transfer of Conditions (Vignette transfer) £154
Representative of an overseas business £610
Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) £142
Single-entry visa to replace a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) £154
Receiving, preparing and forwarding documents £141
Electronic Visa Waiver £30
Innovator  [2-stage application process,  payment is for each stage separately] £1,021
Start-Up  [2-stage application process,  payment is for each stage separately] £363
Global Talent – initial application [2-stage application process,  payment is for each stage separately] £152
Approval letter in respect of an initial application for Global Talent £456
Global Talent – subsequent application [[2-stage application process,  payment is for each stage separately] £608
Global Talent – dependant £608
   
Points based system – applications made outside the UK  
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)    £1,021
Tier 1 (Investor) £1,623
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only £608
Tier 1 (General) – dependant £1,021
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)  – dependants only £363
Tier 1 (Post-study Work) – dependant £604
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, (Sportsperson) & (Minister of Religion), where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less £610
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) – Graduate Trainee £482
Tier 2 (General), (Intra-Company Transfer) – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years £1,220
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less   £464
Tier 2 (General) shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years   £928
Tier 4 £348
Tier 5   £244

 

How Do You Pay the Fees?

You can generally pay the fees online after submitting your form. However, at some Visa Application Centres, these online payments are not mandatory. In these circumstances, you can pay cash when you visit the centre to submit your documents and biometrics.

Because you’ll be paying in the local currency, the fees may vary slightly, depending on the exchange rate on the day when you apply. The Home Office uses THIS WEBSITE for its currency conversation operations.

 

Are There Any Other Charges?

visa fees outside the UK
visa fees outside the UK

YES! If you intend to travel to the UK for more than 6 months, you and your loved ones (those who will be going with you) will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Also, sometimes you’ll need to pay an additional fee to use the application centre. They call them ‘user pays’. Sometime they’ll want you to pay for other facilities which you may wish to use at the Visa Application Centres.

Frequently, additional fees are in relation to premium and/or priority services on offer. These may include appointments outside the application centre opening hours, and passport passback, where the customer pays to retain their passport during the application process.

For applications handled on behalf of certain Commonwealth / Overseas Territories, you may incur a charge for preparing and forwarding documents to the Commonwealth Country / Overseas Territory in support of an application for a visa, residence permit, identity card or travel document. There is no such charge for referrals of applications for entry clearance for the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

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