September 30, 2010

The UK government has announced an unexpected mid-year fee rise for several immigration applications.  New fees are scheduled to come into effect from 1 October 2010 (tomorrow) and from November 2010.  The November fee changes are significant and will affect most employers of foreign nationals in the UK.

What’s Changed? 

The cost of a Certificate of Sponsorship (the in-country work authorization application) remains at £170GBP.  However, from November, the entry visa fee for Tier 2 is set to rise by approximately 30%: from £270GBP to £350GBP.

The fee for an application for an extension under Tier 2 (submitted to the UK Border Agency by post) is set to increase from £475GBP to £500GBP.

Fast track Indefinite Leave to Remain (permanent residency) applications are scheduled to increase in cost from £1095GBP to £1250GBP, with the fee for accompanying dependants more than doubling –  from £154GBP to £350GBP.

The full government fee sheet can be accessed here.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS 

Note that government fees for several applications will rise from November 2010; if you have upcoming moves or Indefinite Leave to Remain applications, contact Pro-Link GLOBAL now so that we can submit before the fee increases.

The fee increases are government fee increases – Pro-Link GLOBAL’s service fees remain unchanged.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader 

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification.

Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG|KGNM correspondent office in the UK to provide this Global BRIEF alert to you.