All visa application fees are quoted by the Home Office in pounds sterling, but are payable in local currency.

Your visa application centre will tell you what the local fees are and how you can pay for your visa. Receipt of fee payment will need to be submitted with your application at the appointment with the visa application centre.

Fees are regularly reviewed. The fees stated in this guide under each category are those effective for all visa applications made from 6 April 2017.


Dependants are charged the same fee as the main applicant, unless stated otherwise. If you are travelling with dependants, they must pay the fee whether or not they are included in your passport.


The fee you paid will be refunded only if you withdraw your application in writing before it is processed and any biometrics have been taken, or if you have not provided any biometrics yet.

Refunds will not be given if long-term visit visas are granted for less than the period you applied for.

Healthcare surcharge

For certain visa applications, you might need to pay a healthcare surcharge (called ‘immigration health surcharge’ (IHS)) as part of your application or when you book an appointment. This will allow you to use the National Healthcare System once your visa is granted.

You will need to pay the HIS if:

  • You are applying outside the UK for a visa to work, study, join your family in the UK for more than 6 months (but you are not applying to remain in the UK permanently) and you are not applying for a visitor’s visa;
  • You are applying in the UK for any length of time (but you are not applying to remain in the UK permanently).

If your visa is refused you will get an automatic refund.