Home Office Immigration Fees: The Truth

Peace of mind does not come cheap when the Home Office is involved. Our non-EU clients regularly pay between £1500 to £2000 in immigration fees to the Home Office. There's the £1464 to enter the UK as the partner of a British citizen plus a £600 Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Or the £993 for leave to remain plus £500 IHS.

Well it turns out that it actually costs the Home Office much much less to process these applications.

An application for leave to enter costs the Home Office £423 and leave to remain costs £147. People applying to come to the UK to do skilled work are paying on average fees that are four times the cost to the Home Office of processing the application.

One of the biggest fees out there is for indefinite leave to remain. At this point a person becomes free of immigration restrictions and they have to pay £2,297 for the privilege. Which is interesting because it costs the Home Office just £252 to process the application.

Four £20 notes arranged in a line

Recently the Home Office introduced charges for phone calls and emails enquiring about applications made overseas. It now costs £5.48 to email UK Visas and Immigration if you want to ask a question or find out why your application is taking so long.

So the Home Office is making the sort of profits that any private company would envy and is clearly working on new ways to boost income. The price for doing things properly and lawfully just gets higher and higher.

Source: Home Office Unit Cost Table 2017

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At Immigration Legal Services, we carry out an honest assessment of your application. This means that if we don't think that it will succeed, then we will not take your money. If you are applying for a Visa or other document that requires immigration fees from the Home Office, contact us today for a free consultation.

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