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This article was originally published on January 20, 2023, and was updated on January 27, 2023, to reflect new information.

January 27, 2023, Update: The United Kingdom (UK) government published further information regarding processing fees for passport applications submitted by overseas persons. The following fees will apply for overseas applications:

  • The fee for a standard online application when applying from overseas for a UK passport will rise from £86 to £94 for adults and from £56 to £61 for children
  • Overseas standard paper applications will increase from £95.50 to £104.50 for adults, and from £65.50 to £71.50 for children

Original Post From January 20, 2023:

Key Points

  • The United Kingdom updated sponsorship payment requirements for workers under specific Global Business Mobility routes


On January 1, 2023, the government of the United Kingdom updated the requirement for the sponsors of workers under the Skilled Worker and Global Business Mobility (GBM) route for senior and specialist workers to pay an Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) when filing for a certificate of sponsorship. To qualify for payment exemption, sponsors and employees must meet the following:

  • Have been granted a certificate of sponsorship on or after January 1, 2023
  • Employees must be a national of a European Union (EU) member state or hold a Latvian non-citizen’s passport
  • The Employee must typically work in the EU for an EU business but has temporarily been transferred to work in the UK. The end date of the temporary transfer, as specified on the certificate of sponsorship, cannot be more than 36 days from the employee’s start date

What are the changes?

The government of the UK introduced changes to the requirement for sponsoring employees to pay for an ISC when filing for a certificate of sponsorship for foreign nationals employed under specific work permit routes.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Government of the United Kingdom

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