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Work Permit fees

An initial application for the grant or renewal of a work permit must be accompanied by a fee of £60. This fee is not refundable if the application is refused.

If the application is for a work permit for a period of more than 1 year, an additional fee is payable as follows:

Period for which work permit is applied forAdditional fee
more than 1 year and up to 2 years £60
more than 2 years and up to 3 years £120
more than 3 years and up to 4 years £180
more than 4 years and up to 5 years £240

If the application is refused, the additional fee will be refunded. If a work permit is granted or renewed for a period less than that applied for, the additional fee or a proportion of it, as appropriate, will be refunded. For further information see section 3.4 of a Guide to Work Permits.

The fee for a work permit is paid by the employer, except in the case of an application for a self-employed permit or spouse or civil partner permit. It is unlawful for an employer to receive from a worker, or deduct from his or her wages, a fee for a work permit.

Page last updated: 22 August 2017

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