New proposed visa fees for 2016-17 announced

The government has announced details of proposed changes to visa, immigration and nationality applications which will come into effect in 2016-17. The specific changes will be confirmed in April 2016, but the proposed fees provide a good indication of what things will cost.

The new legislation due in April will set maximum levels for application categories, which will apply for 4 years. They are being brought in under plans to ensure the visa system is self-funded by 2019-20.

The main changes are:

  • Increasing visit, study and work visa fees by 2%
  • Increasing settlement, residence and nationality fees by 25%. By category:
    • A new fee of £1,875 for main applicants (and all dependents) for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
    • A new fee of £2,676 for other dependent relatives in ILR applications
    • A new fee of £1,156 for citizenship applications
  • targeted increases to fees for premium services, such as the priority visa service

The new fee structure is detailed in the Table with further detail of indicative fees for 2016-17 on


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