Cost and payment of applications

Summary of costs

The following table provides a summary of the costs associated with Tier 5 visa applications incurred by the sponsoring department/college and the applicant.

The cost per applicant is payable for the main applicant and each dependant (main applicant's partner, spouse, or dependant child under 18) when submitting the visa application online.

  Department/college Applicant
Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) (not required for dependant applications) £21  
CoS for nationals of FYR Macedonia and Turkey £0  

APPLICANT COSTS: Incurred when submitting the visa application

Visa application (outside of the UK or within the UK) for the main applicant and each dependant*

Nationals of FYR Macedonia and Turkey receive a reduction of £55 to the cost of the fee

Immigration Health Surcharge (NHS Surcharge) payable per year, for the duration of the visa   £400 (per year)
APPLICANT COSTS - IN-COUNTRY leave to remain application only
Biometric enrolment   £19.20
Optional Super Priority Service - receive a decision the next working day   £800

Departments/colleges pay for the Certificate of Sponsorship. Departments/ colleges are not normally responsible for entry clearance/ visa application fees or dependants application fees. Please refer to the Reimbursement of visa costs & visa loan scheme webpage for further guidance.

Payment of CoS

The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is paid using the Staff Immigration Team's credit card and cross-charged back to departments.

The CoS Application Form asks departments 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 will be charged to this account on a monthly basis.

As the Staff Immigration Team are unable to cross-charge application fees to colleges they must provide a cheque made payable to the University of Oxford with the application.

Immigration Health Surcharge (NHS Surcharge)

What is the NHS Surcharge and how much is it?

The UK government introduced an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), also referred to as the NHS Surcharge, of £200 per year on 6 April 2015. On 8 January 2019 this was increased to £400 per year.

The NHS Surcharge is a charge of £400 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).

This is mandatory for those that have to pay it, hence, even if they have, or take out, private medical insurance they 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.

If the visa period includes part of a year that is 6 months or less, half the annual amount (£200) will be payable. If the period includes part of a year that is more than 6 months the full annual amount (£400) is payable.

Who has to pay the NHS Surcharge?

All non European applicant and each dependant must pay the NHS Surcharge when applying for a visa.

The NHS Surcharge does not apply to:

  • Visitor visa categories (such as Business Visitor, General Visitor (tourist), and Academic Visitor - even if over 6 months);
  • Visas to enter the UK (applications submitted overseas) which are issued for less than 6 months duration.

These visa holders will be charged for any NHS treatment they receive (at a rate of 150% of the cost of treatment) and should therefore ensure that they have adequate travel and health insurance.

Can the NHS Surcharge be refunded?

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 £800 for the main applicant, however, dependants may be charged £1,200 (£400 x 3 years) with the extra £400 refunded after the applications have been decided.

If a visa application is refused or rejected the NHS Surcharge will be automatically refunded. There is no refund, however, 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.

A refund will be made to the applicants account used to make the initial payment. If a refund is not provided within 3 months please contact the Staff Immigration Team.

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, when applying for a visa online 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.