UK immigration and nationality fees 2015/16

The UK government has published the immigration and nationality fees for all applications made from outside and within the UK from 6 April 2015.

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Tier 2 of the points-based system

There is an increase of £50 to applications made both within and outside the UK under the Tier 2 General and ICT (long term) categories, where a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) has been issued for a period of three years or less. The increase in these categories when a CoS has been issued for more than three years is £100.Applications made under the Tier 2 ICT – Short Term, Graduate Trainee and Skills Transfer categories, with a CoS that has been issued for a period of three years or less, will increase by £17, from £428 to £445.The allocation of a Tier 2 CoS itself will rise by £15 to £199. There is no change to the fee for a Sponsor Licence application or renewal.

Tier 1

Tier 1 (Investor) sees large fee increases for applications made both in and out of the UK. In-country applications will rise to £1500, from £1093, whereas out of country applications increase by £626, also to £1500.In sharp contrast, a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) initial application from within the UK cost almost half of the present fee – down from £656 to £281. Applications in this category made from outside the UK will also see the fee decrease to £281, from the current fee of £437.

Other fees

From April 2015, postal applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) will cost £1500, almost 40 per cent higher than the current fee of £1093. ILR applications made via premium processing will rise to £1,900 from £1,493.The fee for naturalisation as a British citizen for an adult will rise to £1,005 from £906 and the fee for registration of a child as a British citizen will rise to £749 from £669.

Rollout of biometric residence permits

The process of issuing Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) to non-EEA nationals travelling to the UK for more than six months started on 18 March 2015 with applications made in Pakistan.The rollout will continue in three further phases from mid April (including China and India), 31 May (including Australia and the USA) and 31 July (the rest of the world).Action Items
  • From 6 April 2015, ensure all non-EEA assignees to the UK pay the immigration health surcharge before submitting their immigration applications, unless exempt.
  • Applicants from countries where the BRP initiative has already been implemented should bear in mind the short validity of the new travel vignette and the need to collect the final BRP post arrival when making their travel plans to the UK.
For more Re:locate news and features about immigration click hereThe information in this alert was provided by Dearson Winyard International.DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2015 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.

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