Immigration Law and Nationality - Fee Waivers & No Recourse to Public Funds

Fee Waiver

Fees for immigration applications are expensive and continue to rise every year. Most applications for Leave to Remain submitted from the UK cost £1,033 plus £624 per year of the duration of the visa for the NHS Surcharge. If you are applying to renew your visa with your spouse and two children you will need to pay over £9000 to do so!

Unsurprisingly, not everyone can afford the fees to regularise their immigration status or to renew their Leave to Remain in the UK. Fortunately, in certain circumstances fee waivers for immigration applications can be requested.

No Recourse to Public Funds

The “no recourse to public funds” condition is imposed on some “visas” to enter or remain in the UK with the effect of prohibiting the person from accessing public funds. A person who claims public funds despite such a condition is committing a criminal offence and his future application can be refused on that basis.

The good news is that it is possible in certain circumstances to make a request to the Home Office for the restriction of No Recourse to Public Funds to be lifted.

Please contact us to discuss your case. We have experience assisting people to apply for fee waivers or to request the restriction of no access to benefits to be lifted.