Cost and payment of applications

Cost of applications

The following table shows the cost of Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship, visa and leave to remain applications for both the main applicant and dependants. Please note that those applying for a Tier 5 visa, and their dependants, will have to pay the NHS Surcharge in addition to the relevant visa application fees when submitting their visa application(s).

Certificates of Sponsorship (not required for dependant applications) £21
In-country leave to remain (visa) applications £235
In-country leave to remain (visa) applications for nationals of Turkey and FYR Macedonia £180
In-country Dependant applications - partner, spouse, child under 18 as dependant of main applicant £235
Out of country leave to enter (visa) applications £235
Out of country leave to enter (visa) applications for nationals of Turkey and FYR Macedonia £180
Out of country Dependant applications - partner, spouse, child under 18 as dependant of main applicant £235

Nationals of the following countries are exempt from Certificate of Sponsorship fees, but are required to pay visa application fees (at a reduced rate):

FYR Macedonia Turkey

Croatian nationals are exempt from Certificate of Sponsorship fees and must apply for a Worker Authorisation Registration Certificate (also referred to as a Purple Registration Certificate) instead of a Tier 5 visa, for further information see Employing Croatian nationals section.

Departments/ Colleges pay for all Certificate of Sponsorship applications. Departments/ Colleges are not normally responsible for entry clearance/ visa application fees or dependants application fees.

Methods of payment

Certificates of Sponsorship are paid for on the Staff Immigration Team's credit card and cross-charged to departments.

Departments are asked to provide the cost centre, natural account, activity, source of funds and organisation code (note that this must be a general ledger code - project codes are not acceptable) to cross-charge the application fee to, e.g. AX0000/85210/00/00000/10. The cost of any Certificates of Sponsorship will be charged to this account on a monthly basis.

We are unable to cross-charge application fees to colleges. Therefore, colleges must provide a cheque made payable to the University of Oxford with all Certificate of Sponsorship applications.

Visa fees and NHS Surcharges are not paid by the Staff Immigration Team, applicants are responsible for these fees when submitting their visa applications.

NHS Surcharge

What is the NHS Surcharge and how much is it?

The UK government introduced an immigration health surcharge, also referred to as the NHS Surcharge, with effect from 6 April 2015. The NHS Surcharge is a charge of £200 per year for each year of the length of the visa and must be paid in full when the visa application is being submitted in addition to the relevant visa application fee. Having paid the NHS Surcharge the visa holder will be entitled to receive free health services under the National Health Service (NHS).

If the visa period includes part of a year that is 6 months or less, half the annual amount (£100) will be payable for that part year. If the period includes part of a year that is more than 6 months the full annual amount (£200) is payable for that part year.

The NHS Surcharge will not apply where a visa to enter the UK (application submitted overseas) is issued for less than six months duration, however, where a visa to remain in the UK (application submitted in the UK) is issued for less than six months duration the surcharge will still apply.

Who has to pay the NHS Surcharge?

From 6 April 2015 applicants from outside the EEA must pay the NHS Surcharge whether they are applying for a visa from within the UK, or from overseas. The NHS Surcharge must also be paid for each dependant applying. The NHS Surcharge will not be applied retrospectively to those who currently hold a visa, however, it will apply when they go to extend their visa or apply under another category.

From 6 April 2016 the NHS Surcharge also applies to nationals of Australia and New-Zealand coming to the UK for more than six months. Previously nationals of these countries were exempt due to reciprocal healthcare arrangements between the UK and their countries.

The NHS Surcharge will not apply to the Visitor visa categories (such as Business Visitor, General Visitor (tourist), and Academic Visitor - even if over 6 months). However, this means that Visitor visa holders will be charged for any NHS treatment they receive (charged at 150% of the cost of treatment from April 2015) and should therefore ensure that they have adequate travel and health insurance.

How is the NHS Surcharge paid?

The NHS Surcharge must be paid as part of the visa application and is charged as a separate sum additional to the relevant visa application fee. The NHS Surcharge is mandatory for those that have to pay it, hence, even if they have, or take out, private medical insurance they will still have to pay the surcharge.

The NHS Surcharge to be paid is calculated based on the length of visa being applied for. In a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) application the number of years is specified, but in a Tier 2 or Tier 5 application the 'Start date' and 'End date' found in the 'Work dates' section on the second page of the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) details must be listed.

Dependant visas should be issued for the same length of time as the main applicant's visa. Where the period applied for is shorter than the maximum period permitted under the visa category in question, an NHS Surcharge for the maximum period may be charged for Dependants. In this circumstance a partial refund should automatically be paid of the charge for the additional years over the main applicant's visa length. For example, an application for 2 years under the Tier 2 'up to 3 years' category would attract an NHS Surcharge of £400 for the main applicant, however, Dependants may be charged £600 (£200 x 3 years) with the extra £200 refunded after the applications have been decided.

If a visa application is refused or rejected the NHS Surcharge will be automatically refunded, however, there is no refund if the applicant obtains a visa and then decides not to come to the UK, if they leave the UK earlier than the end of their visa, or if their visa is curtailed by the Home Office; nor is there any refund if they do not use the National Health Service.

Is there further information about the NHS Surcharge?

For further information please see Home Office guidance in relation to Paying for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application. Please note, however, when applying for a visa from outside the UK the NHS Surcharge is paid as one of the steps of the online application so payment should not be made through this Home Office website.