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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 types Visa 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 dependant 258
Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental observation and PLAB/OSCE test 135
Diplomatic courier 135
Permitted Paid Engagements 135
Prospective Entrepreneur 135

Entertainer visitors

Visa types Visa 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 types Visa 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 types Visa application fee (USD)
Diplomatic Passport Holder Free of charge
Official Invitation by UK Government Free of charge

Points-based system, Tier 1

Visa types Visa application fee (USD)
Tier 1 investor – main applicant 2385
Tier 1 entrepreneur – main applicant 1501
Tier 1 exceptional talent part one: endorsement by a competent body application – main applicant 447
Tier 1 exceptional talent part two: entry clearance application – main applicant 447
Tier 1 exceptional talent where no approval letter is needed – main applicant 894
Tier 1 exceptional talent applicant – dependants only 894
Tier 1 general and entrepreneur – dependants only 1501
Tier 1 investor – dependants only 2385
Tier 1 entrepreneur CESC – main applicant only 1414
Tier 1 exceptional talent CESC part two: entry clearance application – main applicant only 359
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur 533
Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur CESC – main applicant only 445
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants 533
Tier 1 Post Study applicant – dependants 889

Points-based system, Tier 2

Visa types Visa application fee (USD)
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff, sport & MoR sponsored for up to three years: applicant & dependants 897
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff, sport & MoR sponsored for three years or less: main applicant: CESC 809
Tier 2 ICT short term staff, graduate trainee & skills transfer: applicant & dependants 708
Tier 2: ICT short term staff, graduate trainee & skills transfer: main applicant: CESC 620
Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for up to three years: applicant & dependants 681
Tier 2 General shortage occupation sponsored for up to three years: main applicant: CESC 593
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff sponsored for over three years: applicant & dependants 1794
Tier 2 General, ICT long term staff sponsored for over three years: main applicant: CESC 1706
Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored for over three years: applicant & dependants 1361
Tier 2 General, shortage occupation sponsored for more than three years: main applicant: CESC 1274

Points-based system, Tier 5

Visa types Visa application fee (USD)
Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) – main applicant and dependants 358
Tier 5 applicant (temporary worker) CESC – main applicant only 270
Tier 5 applicant (youth mobility scheme) – main applicant only 358

Other work categories

Visa types Visa application fee (USD)
Overseas domestic worker in a private household 515
UK ancestry 515
Fisherman operating inside UK waters 515
Offshore worker 515
Representative of overseas business and dependants 851
Sheep Shearer 515
Van der Elst Free of charge
Swiss posted worker Free of charge
Turkish businessperson and dependants Free  of charge

Heads of state & diplomats 

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

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

Visa types Visa application fee (USD)
HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force exempt from immigration control Free of charge
Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces 515
Arms control personnel – Vienna document 1992 Free of charge
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