Application info


Cost

If you are inside the United Kingdom

The fee you must pay

There are two different fees for the highly skilled worker category:

  • £350 if you submit a valid HSMP approval letter with your application for initial entry (switching) into Tier 1 General (this is because you have already paid for the approval letter); and
  • £750 for all other applicants (including applications for extension within the highly skilled worker category if you are currently in the United Kingdom under HSMP).

Dependant applications for your spouse, partner or children under 18 which are sent together with your own form are free of charge. Dependant applications for children over 18, or any dependant applications sent separately or later, will have to pay an extra fee of £395.

You must send in your fee or we will not consider your application.

How to fill in the payment slip

It is very important that you complete the payment slip correctly. Errors prevent the payment being processed and will delay the decision-making process.

Fill in the details of the person who is making the payment in case we have a payment question. If we cannot deal with the payment, the application and payment are returned to the contact name and address given in section 1.

Your fee if you withdraw your application

Once your application is received by the payment handling service, the fee is charged and cannot be refunded.

How to pay inside the United Kingdom

What payment types we accept

The payment slip must be filled in fully and accurately.

Payment may be made by:

  • a cheque in sterling on a United Kingdom bank account (this should be made payable to Home Office, have your full name and date of birth written on the back and be attached to the front of the completed payment slip);
  • United Kingdom postal order (this should have your full name and date of birth written on the back and be attached to the front of the completed payment slip); or
  • credit or debit card including MasterCard and Visa. We will only accept Delta, Switch and Maestro (including Electron and Solo) if issued in the United Kingdom. Include the card number, the amount paid, the payer’s name as it appears on the card, valid from and expiry dates, card verification value (CVV) code, signature and date. The issue number is also needed for Switch and Maestro cards.

Payment by any other method is not accepted.

You must send the full amount to cover the total cost of the application, or we will not consider your application and will return both the application form and part payment to you.

We start considering the application when the payment has cleared. Clearance takes place:

  • after five working days for cheques;
  • after one working day for credit or debit cards; and
  • immediately for postal orders.

Using a payment handling service

You can use a government-approved payment handling service to help with your application. It will check that:

  • a payment is needed;
  • the payment slip is completed correctly;
  • the payment method is correct;
  • the application has been marked correctly as paid or free from charge; and
  • the payment has cleared.

The payment handling service is independent from us and does not process any applications.

Waiting times

During the week commencing 22 December 2008, we expect to be considering applications that were received on or before 10 December 2008.

Please be aware that the customer contact centre is currently experiencing very high call demand and therefore you may experience difficulties in contacting us.

Please may we apologise for this and for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Sending your application

Where to send the form if you are applying from inside the United Kingdom

Before sending us your form, you should make sure you fill in all sections that apply to your application.

Attach your cheque or postal order for the fee to page 1 of the application form, and send them with your supporting documents and passport(s). You can send in more documents as long as they reach us before a decision has been made.

Your application must arrive during normal business hours (0830 to 1630, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays), or receipt cannot be guaranteed.

You should send your form to:

UK Border Agency
Tier 1
PO Box 496
Millburngate House
Durham
DH99 1WQ

If you would like to send your application by courier, you should send it to:

UK Border Agency
Tier 1
Millburngate House
Durham
DH97 1PA

If you are sending applications for your dependants at the same time as your own application, make sure all applications are sent together in one envelope so any eligible  dependant applications are considered free of charge. Dependant applications sent separately or later will have to pay a fee and we will not consider them unless you pay the right fee.

If you are a dependant applying separately (not at the same time as the main applicant), you should send your form to:

UK Border Agency
Tier 1 (Dependants)
PO Box 496
Millburngate House
Durham
DH99 1WQ

If you would like to send your application by courier, you should send it to:

UK Border Agency
Tier 1 (Dependants)
Millburngate House
Durham
DH97 1PA

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16 comments

  1. Hi,
    The contents given here are useful. I want to know how many points are good enuff to get ur visa approved.
    Also, as it is recession time today.. how are the job mkt in UK bcoz if i don’t get a job for sometime and come there with a family, it’ll be very expensive.
    Please guide me on this.
    Thanks,
    Navneet

  2. Hi Navneet,

    Its not really about the points, all you need is the minimum qualifying criteria..
    If you have that its enuf… and incase you present your file properly i think anyone will be through…
    The job market in UK is not at good at this time …. but its a lot better than last year… its not advisable to bring your family here and do the job hunt….
    Come here find a job and then call your family….

  3. ok thanks a lot for the info.
    Before i take a decision to move to UK, i need to evaluate the benefits.
    To help me with this, can u plzz help me figure out how much package can i expect given that i have an experience of 4.5 years in IT.
    and how much are the average expense per month a person would incur if he gets his family there(which constitutes of me and my wife).

  4. Hi Navneet…

    There is no clear answer to your question.
    Having spent 4.5 years in the industry you must know it all depends on your caliber, skills, domains and opportunities.
    If you clear a right interview at the right time you can earn a decent package.

    And also the spending will be dependent on your life style…

    But the cost of living index in London specially is a lot higher…
    The market currently is not the best but is a lot better than 9-12 months ago..

    You need to apply to jobs through the right agencies to get the jobs.. and specially quality applications are important than quantity

    I would recommend http://www.michaelpage.co.uk

    Best of luck mate..

  5. Thanks for the link, will go through that.
    I know it all depends upon the caliber and skills but in general what is the range?
    Then I can think of the worst and the best case and see if its worth it for me to come there.
    Also, how is it to work under a UK employer than to come to London on an long-term onsite assignment.
    Do you have any experience with michaelpage.If so, how long did it take you to find a job.

    Thanks,
    Navneet

  6. Sorry, copied ur name to address you and by mistake pasted that in mail id column while making a post.. standard S/W Engg’s copy-paste error.. 🙂
    So making a post again..

  7. Hi Nitin..

    Thanks for the link, will go through that.
    I know it all depends upon the caliber and skills but in general what is the range ?
    Then I can think of the worst and the best case and see if its worth it for me to come there.
    Also, how is it to work under a UK employer than to come to London on an long-term onsite assignment.
    Do you have any experience with michaelpage.If so, how long did it take you to find a job.

    Thanks,
    Navneet

  8. Hi Navneet… there is a massive difference mate….

    You may be earning about 60-70 £ a day in a permanent job to to about 700-800£ a day on a contract… that’s why i dint tell u this in first place…
    Well obviously its better to be working directly. but coming on a long term assignment allows you to come here and find a job and so you can switch….
    That’s what I did…
    Yes i am currently employed using MichaelPage’s services…

  9. Hi Nitin..
    Oops thats too big of a difference !!
    Contract sounds much more lucrative.. But on a contract, you might not have job/project for all the 30 days in a month.
    That is more worrysome may be.
    Which do you think is better ?
    You said you are employed using MichaelPage services so is it like you are employed under MichaelPage as a full time employee and they supply manpower to their clients ?

    Thanks,
    Navneet

  10. Yeah I know….

    Contracting is attractive but also got the risks… if you dont get a contract for a while then it can prove to be costly….

    so better join a permanent job saev some money get used to things here and then choose what suits u.

    Michael Page is the 2nd bggest recruitment house in UK…. so it’s not a body shopping company…. here you rarely get a direct job u will have to go through recruitment houses like MP.

  11. Oh got it.. you are not employed under MichaelPage but you got your employment using their services.
    I thought you are employed under them and they are like body shopping company.
    So are you working on a contract basis or permanently employed ?
    How long did it take you to get a job there ?

  12. Hey, It took me a while to get to this link on your website. Nice refreshing look though.
    You haven’t replied for my query !!

    Navneet

  13. Thanks Navneet…. I thought there was nothing to reply as I already told you that I came here via my emploer in India initially and then I switched so you can say I was always in job…. I have been on permanent as well as on contract…

    At present on Perm position as its not the best time to be contracting….

  14. Yup.. thats right.
    I shall also think of a permanent job.. I have a friend in US, working on a contract basis but you are right, this is not the right time to be contracting..
    All the more he is a bachelor and I’ve a family so you’ve to think a bit more when you have a family.
    Thanks dude.. thanks a lot for sharing this info..
    Would get back if I have any more doubts..

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