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)



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.

These changes also do not include the increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is reported to take place later in autumn 2023.

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.

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