Immigration and Nationality fee increases to begin October 2023

23 January 2024 | Applicable law: England and Wales | 1 minute read

Further to our previous update in July 2023, the Home Office has now released specific fee updates in relation to all immigration applications. Details of the new fees can be found here

The new fees come into effect from 4 October 2023.

Particular increased fees of note are listed in the table below:

Fee category 

Current fee 

New fee from 4 October 2023

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) 



Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) - Temporary



Skilled worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants



Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants



High Potential Individual – main applicant and dependants



Global Business Mobility (all categories)



Priority visa service – settlement (outside the UK)



Priority visa – non settlement (outside the UK)



Super priority visa service (outside the UK)



Super Priority service (inside the UK)



Indefinite leave to remain – main applicants and dependants



Naturalisation (British citizenship)



Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult



Nationality registration as a British citizen – child



Please note that there will be no change of fee for sponsor licence applications.

The Immigration Health surcharge will increase on 6 February 2024. The new yearly rate for most affected applicants will increase from £624 to £1,035. For students, student dependants YMS applicants and children under the age of 18, the new yearly rate will increase from £470 to £776. 

Next steps

Employers should review their upcoming recruitment plans and consider bringing forward application timelines. If possible employers should also submit applications prior to the introduction of these fees to lower recruitment costs.

For further information please contact our UK Immigration team, or your usual Withers contact, call +44 20 7597 6364 or email

This document (and any information accessed through links in this document) is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from any action as a result of the contents of this document.


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