On 15 September 2023, the UK Government announced that its proposed increases in immigration fees will come into effect at 9am on 4 October 2023. As we indicated in our post on the changes when they were first proposed, this will lead to a roughly 15% increase in the cost of work and visa fees, whilst the cost of other applications such as citizenship and certificates of sponsorship will increase by at least 20%. Details of the increased costs can be found on the government website here.
The UK Government has not yet announced the date that the proposed increase in the cost of the immigration health surcharge, from £624 to £1,035 per year will be implemented. This uplift is expected to be introduced later this Autumn.
These increases will mean significantly higher costs associated with sponsoring workers and their dependants and should be factored into any recruitment budgets.
Thank you to Tor Walberg for his help in drafting this blog post.