UK government announces significant immigration fee rises
19 July 2023 | Applicable law: England and Wales | 1 minute
Following months of strikes, Rishi Sunak has announced that public sector workers across the UK will receive a pay-rise.
However, in order to fund these wage increases, the UK government propose to raise both visa application fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Proposed increases to visa application fees are as follows:
- 15% for work and visit visas; and
- 20% for study visas, Certificates of Sponsorship (for businesses sponsoring migrant workers), Settlement, Citizenship, Leave to remain and other categories.
In addition, the Immigration Health Surcharge will rise to £1,035 per person per person per year and the discounted rate will rise to £776, reflecting a 66% increase.
Considerations for Employers
These fee changes should be taken into consideration by UK employers, who will need to reconsider their budgets for the recruitment of foreign workers.