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UK Work Visa – Fees

British ConsulateIf you are planning on working in the UK then these are the fees for the visa and application process. You will need to speak to your UK employer or the British Embassy as to the process and cost. Most time the businesses tend to pay for these. You can also speak to a UK attorney who specialises in UK Immigration procedures.

Business visitors

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)135
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)515
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)935
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)1172
Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12 months) and dependant258
Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental observation and PLAB/OSCE test135
Diplomatic courier135
Permitted Paid Engagements135
Prospective Entrepreneur135

Entertainer visitors

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)135
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)515
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)935
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)1172

Sports visitor

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Sports visitor – short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)135
Sports visitor – longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)515
Sports visitor – longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)935
Sports visitor – longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)1172

Diplomatic/Official Visitor

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Diplomatic Passport HolderFree of charge
Official Invitation by UK GovernmentFree of charge

Points-based system, Tier 1

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Tier 1 investor – main applicant2385
Tier 1 entrepreneur – main applicant1501
Tier 1 exceptional talent part one: endorsement by a competent body application – main applicant447
Tier 1 exceptional talent part two: entry clearance application – main applicant447
Tier 1 exceptional talent where no approval letter is needed – main applicant894
Tier 1 exceptional talent applicant – dependants only894
Tier 1 general and entrepreneur – dependants only1501
Tier 1 investor – dependants only2385
Tier 1 entrepreneur CESC – main applicant only1414
Tier 1 exceptional talent CESC part two: entry clearance application – main applicant only359
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur533
Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur CESC – main applicant only445
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants533
Tier 1 Post Study applicant – dependants889

Points-based system, Tier 2

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff, sport & MoR sponsored for up to three years: applicant & dependants897
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff, sport & MoR sponsored for three years or less: main applicant: CESC809
Tier 2 ICT short term staff, graduate trainee & skills transfer: applicant & dependants708
Tier 2: ICT short term staff, graduate trainee & skills transfer: main applicant: CESC620
Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for up to three years: applicant & dependants681
Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for up to three years: main applicant: CESC593
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff sponsored for over three years: applicant & dependants1794
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff sponsored for over three years: main applicant: CESC1706
Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored for over three years: applicant & dependants1361
Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored for more than three years: main applicant: CESC1274

Points-based system, Tier 5

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) – main applicant and dependants358
Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) CESC – main applicant only270
Tier 5 applicant (youth mobility scheme) – main applicant only358

Other work categories

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
Overseas domestic worker in a private household515
UK ancestry515
Fisherman operating inside UK waters515
Offshore worker515
Representative of overseas business and dependants851
Sheep Shearer515
Van der ElstFree of charge
Swiss posted workerFree of charge
Turkish businessperson and dependantsFree  of charge

Heads of state & diplomats 

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
DiplomaticPosting to the UKFree of charge
Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)Free of charge
Members of International Organisations on Official VisitsFree of charge
Official Transit through the UKFree of charge
Official Visit to the UKFree of charge

Members of armed forces and their families (non-settlement)

Visa typesVisa application fee (USD)
HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force exempt from immigration controlFree of charge
Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces515
Arms control personnel – Vienna document 1992Free of charge
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