The sections below provide an overview of the costs associated with Tier 2 visa applications.
When issuing a Tier 2 CoS the Staff Immigration Team has to pay the following, which are then charged back to the employing department/ faculty/ college:
When submitting their visa applications online (after they have been issued a Tier 2 CoS) Tier 2 visa applicants and their dependants have to pay the following:
If a family application is being submitted (including dependants in the same application form) the visa fees, and the Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge, will each be charged as one combined fee which cannot be split across more than one payment card. Any refunds (in the event of a withdrawn application, or overpayment of NHS Surcharge) will be returned to the card used for payment but this can sometimes take up to 2-3 months. Applicants may want to contact their bank before they pay large visa fees on their card to avoid this possibly being stopped or delayed as an unusually large purchase.
The University of Oxford reimbursement policy webpage sets out which of these costs can be covered by the employing department/ faculty college.
The University also provides a Visa Loan Scheme to can help applicants with the costs of visa, ILR, and citizenship applications. As the Visa Loan Scheme is administered through the University payroll system it is not, unfortunately, available to those with 'college only' appointments.
The table below provides a summary of the costs associated with Tier 2 visa applications incurred by the employing department or college and the applicant.
The cost per applicant, is payable for the main applicant and each dependant (main applicant's partner, spouse or dependant child under 18) when submitting the visa application online.
APPLICANT COSTS: Incurred when submitting the visa application overseas
Tier 2 (General): Main applicant and each dependant*
*Nationals of FYR Macedonia & Turkey receive a reduction of £55 to the cost of the fee
£610 (up to 3 year visa)
£1,220 (over 3 year visa**)
Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge
£400 (per year)
See the University reimbursement of visa cost and the Visa Loan Scheme webpages, which provide more details on the support the University can offer to applicants on the fees.
The following table provides a summary of the costs associated with Tier 2 in-country applications incurred by the employing department/college and the applicant.
Cost of issuing the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
CoS (not required for dependant applications)
CoS for nationals of FYR Macedonia & Turkey
Immigration Skills Charge (ISC)
This applies to a limited number of roles within the University (if unsure please speak to the Staff Immigration Team)
£364 per year
APPLICANT COSTS: Incurred when submitting the visa application
£704 (up to 3 year visa)
£1,408 (over 3 year visa**)
Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge payable per year, for the duration of the visa
APPLICANT COSTS: Additional services
Priority Service (receive a decision within 10 working days)
Super Priority Service (receive a decision the next working day)
Scanning of documents (incurred only at Core Centres such as Birmingham or Croydon)
Attending Enhanced Service Points (such as Reading or Warwick)
**A Tier 2 leave to remain application can be granted for a duration of up to 5 years. For those granted a Tier 2 visa since April 2011 the maximum duration for which they can spend under Tier 2 is 6 years.
The employing department or college incur the cost of the Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).
Cost of Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship
(not required for dependant applications)
Cost of Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship
for nationals of FYR Macedonia & Turkey
The Staff Immigration Team will pay the cost of the CoS when it is issued and subsequently cross-charge this amount back to departments on a monthly basis.
Departments should include the following in the CoS application form:
The code must be a general ledger code - project codes are not acceptable) in the to cross-charge the application fee to, e.g. AX0000/85210/00/00000/10).
The Staff Immigration team is unable to cross-charge CoS fees to University colleges.
Colleges are asked to provide a cheque made payable to the University of Oxford shortly after a CoS application has been submitted.
Read more about the Immigration Health (NHS) surcharge
The government introduced an Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), with effect from 6 April 2017. The ISC is levied on employers who sponsor applicants under Tier 2 to take up certain roles, but few University roles are affected.
Please note the ISC does not apply to Research and Lecturer roles, and there are a number of other exemptions.
The ISC does NOT apply to:
The ISC is a cost levied by the Government on Tier 2 sponsorship for certain roles, but few University roles are affected.
Which types of roles within the collegiate University are affected?
Roles which do not fall under the ‘PhD level’ SOC codes will be affected by the ISC. These include various IT positions, Engineers, Research Managers, Statisticians, PR professionals, and other support roles. These are the roles which must be advertised on Findajob (Universal JobMatch as it was previously) under the Tier 2 advertising rules. If you are unsure please contact the Staff Immigration Team.
How much is the ISC?
The ISC is £364 per year based on the length of the Tier 2 CoS and is paid upfront, along with the CoS fee, when the Staff Immigration Team is issuing the CoS.
The Tier 2 CoS Application Form highlights roles where the ISC applies and calculates the amount which will be charged.
This charge is an employer cost and must not be passed on to the Tier 2 worker.
Will the ISC be refunded in any circumstances?
The ISC will be refunded in full where:
A partial refund in respect of all whole unused 6 month periods will be paid where:
Home Office decisions on refunds are made within 90 days after the above events are reported. Refunded ISC fees will then be credited back to the sponsoring department from SIT by Finance in the following monthly credit card reconciliation. Colleges will be refunded by BACS.
Please see the information page on the University of Oxford Reimbursement Policy
Learn more about the University's Visa Loan Scheme
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