The Home Office charges application fees, increasing these fees from time to time. The Immigration Health Surcharge will increase by 66% in November. It is clear that more people will find it difficult to fund their immigration applications. If you are applying for permission to stay in the UK, you can apply for a ‘fee waiver’. If you are successful, you will not have to pay the application fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge.
You must get a decision on your fee waiver before you apply to extend your current leave – or permission to be in the UK. Once you have your fee waiver decision, you have ten days to make your full application for permission to stay.
Fee waivers are not available for every application. For example, you cannot apply for a fee waiver if you are applying for British Citizenship.
You can apply for a fee waiver if:
This means fee waivers only apply to those applying on human rights grounds.
You can apply for a fee waiver if you cannot afford to pay the fee because you:
You can include your partner and children in your visa waiver application if they’re applying to stay with you in the UK as your dependants.
It is important to provide detailed information about your financial situation. You will be asked to set out your income and your expenses and to send:
You may also be asked to provide additional evidence about your partner or dependants’ financial situation. The Home Office study your finances closely. If you have paid out a lot of money recently, they will want to know why. If you spend £500 a month on scratch cards, you are unlikely to get a fee waiver.
The decision may grant you a full or partial fee waiver, depending on your financial situation. This can make a huge difference if you are struggling financially and cannot afford the high immigration fees. You will find the fee waiver online form on the gov.uk website.
Please do not hesitate to speak to our team if you have any questions about the fee waiver.