Anyone who is applying for leave to remain in the UK or British citizenship will need to pay a fee to the Home Office.
Some types of immigration applications are fee exempt, so will be free. If no exemption applies then the applicant will need to pay a specified fee, unless they can apply for a fee waiver. Fee waivers are only available to people making applications on the basis of their family or private life in the UK.
Immigration fees are revised (and usually increased) in April each year and can be changed at other times. A person must check what fee they will need to pay well in advance of making their application. They would also need to find out if they are required to pay the NHS surcharge (Immigration Health Charge) in addition to the application fee.
See the Home Office information about current immigration and nationality fees.
A person will not be required to pay a fee if they are making one of the following applications:
An application made by an adult under the family or private life rules, or outside of the rules raising Article 8 family and private life grounds, will cost £2593 (£1033 application fee + £1560 Immigration Heath Charge). A separate fee must be paid for each family member included in the application.
If the person cannot afford the fee they should ask their legal representative if they can apply for a fee waiver. A fee waiver is applied for as part of the online application process and the person will need to submit evidence that they meet the requirements of the Home Office fee waiver policy for the fee to be waived.
The Home Office policy states that a person may be able to apply for a fee waiver if they are applying for leave to remain on one of the following grounds:
A fee waiver may be granted if the person can demonstrate that one of the following applies to them:
For more information, see the Home Office guidance: Fee waiver: Human Rights-based and other specified applications.
A child who is born in the UK will not automatically be a British citizen, as citizenship is acquired through a parent being British or having a form of settled status, for example, indefinite leave to remain.
When a child does not acquire British citizenship by birth, they may be entitled to apply to the Home Office to register as a British citizen.
A child may register as a British citizen if one of the following applies:
The fee for a registration application is £1012. No fee exemptions or fee waivers apply to child registration applications.
See the government information about British citizenship. The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) provides useful resources for people working with children who may be British or entitled to register as British citizens.