News UK To Increase Its Visa Fees From October And Here's How Much It Will Cost

UK To Increase Its Visa Fees From October And Here's How Much It Will Cost

Starting October 4, you will have to shell out more to visit the UK as the country is increasing its visa fees across all categories.


By Anushka Goel Published on Sep 20, 2023, 08:00 AM

UK To Increase Its Visa Fees From October And Here's How Much It Will Cost
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If you’re planning to apply for a UK visa, try doing it before October 4 as the country is increasing the fees. Hence, travellers planning to visit the UK will have to spend more.

The price hike was announced in July by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. He also stated that there will be an increase in Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for those migrating to the UK.

Here’s how much you need to pay as fees for your UK visa

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Travellers staying in the UK for up to six months will have to pay GBP 115 (USD 142) as visa fees now, indicating a rise of GBP 15 (USD 18). The price for a student visa will rise by GBP 127 (USD 157). This means that students will have to pay GBP 490 (USD 606). The news was confirmed on September 15, according to India Today.

Various media reports add that the increased fee is expected to generate over GBP 1 million (USD 12,37,608) in revenue, as said by the PM at the time. According to the India Today report, the UK’s Home Office said, “Income from fees charged plays a vital role in the Home Office’s ability to run a sustainable immigration and nationality system. Careful consideration is given when setting fees to help reduce the funding contribution from British taxpayers, whilst continuing to provide a service that remains attractive to those wishing to work in the UK and support broader prosperity for all.”

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Apart from these two UK visas, a hike in the fees is applicable across most categories. This includes health and care visas, applications for British citizenship and visit visas up to two, five and 10 years as well as those who wish to remain in the UK.

All currency conversations were done at the time of writing

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Anushka Goel

Anushka Goel

Anushka has previously worked with publications such as the Times of India and Being Indian. A graduate from Xavier Institute of Communications, she specialises in entertainment, food and travel. She also likes to write about sustainability and beauty. When not working, you can catch her reading a book, tending to her plants, cooking or playing an instrument.

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