An announcement has been made by the government on 13/07/2023, that confirms an increase in immigration fees. This comes as part of the public sector pay review, and the increase is aimed at offsetting public sector pay rises. This is the first immigration fee increase since April 2018, with fees having been frozen for the past five years.

As a reminder, fee increases can be made instantaneously, and we expect the fee changes may be made within the next couple of weeks. This is what we know so far:

+   The Home Office application fees for all visas are expected to rise between 15% and 20%.

+   The Immigration Health Surcharge (the NHS surcharge, as it is otherwise known) will increase from £624 to £1,035 per year.

+   The discounted rate for students, individuals under 18 and youth mobility visa holders will also be increased from £470 to £776.

We will provide a more detailed breakdown of the fee increases in due course.