UK Visa fee to be hiked to £1,000 from 6 April 2017

Vastavam Web: A series of changes under the Immigration Act, 2016 will substantially increase the cost of applications for Tier by Visas by employers with Tier 2 Sponsporship who allocate Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship(CoS) on or after 6 April, 2017. The much maligned Immigration Skills Charge was among the UK Visa changes.

The new charge, announced in March 2016, is due to come into effect on 6 April, 2017. The Immigration Skills Charge is being put in place with a view to ‘incentivising employers to invest in training British staff’, according to a Home Office statement.

In order to reduce Britain’s so-called reliance on non-EU workers, Tier 2 visa applications will include a mandatory £1,000 fee for medium and large businesses per sponsored employee per year of sponsorship. However, for smaller businesses as well as educational, charitable and other similar institutions, a concession will be granted reducing the Immigration Skills Charge to £364; the charge is not applicable to a worker’s dependents.