Fees on Skilled Worker Applications

Typically, these applications take about 3 to 8 hours. Therefore, we estimate that a fixed fee cost is likely to range between £500 to £1,800 plus VAT (20%), depending on the seniority of your adviser, the complexity and difficulty of the questions involved, and the circumstances in which the work is carried out. We may be able to offer you a fixed fee for these applications, depending on your circumstances.

For Skilled Worker dependants, there will be an additional fee of £150 to £250 plus VAT (20%) per dependent when their applications are submitted alongside the Skilled Worker migrant’s. If the applications are made separately, the dependent’s application will be charged at the same fee as that for a Skilled Worker applicant. VAT (20%) will be applied to all applicants; however, no VAT is payable for Entry Clearance applications.

The likely disbursements include Home Office visa application fees, Immigration Health Surcharge and UKVCS fee.

Home Office Application Fees: (No VAT is applicable to the Home Office fees)

Applying from Outside the UK:

  • Up to 3 years: £719 per person
  • More than 3 years: £1,420 per person

Applying from Inside the UK (to extend, switch, or update visa):

  • Up to 3 years: £827 per person
  • More than 3 years: £1,500 per person

Shortage Occupation List:

If your job is on the shortage occupation list:

  • £551 if staying for up to 3 years
  • £1,084 if staying for more than 3 years

Note: The fee is the same whether applying from inside or outside the UK.

Applicants will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge for each year of stay – this is usually £1,035 per year. No VAT is applicable to the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Health and Care Worker visa applicants, along with their dependent family members under the Skilled Worker visa category, are exempt from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge.


At all UKVCAS Service Points (except the Premium Lounge), a variety of free and chargeable appointments are available. The fee for chargeable appointments includes VAT (20%) and varies between £85 and £285.

Basis of Fixed Fee

The fixed fee range is dependent on the complexity of the matter. It also depends on liaising with the client’s sponsor, advising on the assignment of the Certificate of Sponsorship, the length of stay, and providing guidance on adding sponsor notes to the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Additionally, the fee is based on advising on whether the applicant qualifies as a new entrant and in cases where the applicant is making an application from overseas.