The sections below provide an overview of the costs associated with Tier 5 visa applications.


When issuing a Tier 5 CoS the Staff Immigration Team has to pay the CoS application fee which is then charged back to the host department/ faculty/ college.

When submitting their visa applications online (after they have been issued a Tier 5 CoS) Tier 5 visa applicants and their dependants have to pay the following:

  • Visa fee 
  • NHS surcharge 
  • Biometric enrolment fee
  • any added priority services they decide to use

Card payments for visa fees

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 Any refunds (in the event of a withdrawn application, or overpayment of NHS Surcharge) will be returned to the card used for payment but this can sometimes take up to 2-3 months.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's Visa Loan Scheme does not, unfortunately cover Tier 5 applications.

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The following table provides a summary of the costs associated with Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa applications incurred by the employing department/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.


VISA APPLICATION COSTS: Incurred when submitting the visa application  

Main applicant and each dependant

(Nationals of FYR Macedonia & Turkey receive a reduction of £55 to the cost of the fee)




Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge


£400 (per year)


The visa loan scheme webpage provides details on the support the University can offer to applicants on the fees.

Cost of Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship

CoS (not required for dependant applications)


CoS for nationals of FYR Macedonia & Turkey



The hosting department or college incurs the cost of issuing the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). 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.



University Departments should include the following in the CoS application form: 

  • cost centre
  • natural account
  • activity
  • source of funds
  • organisation code

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. Please send cheque to: Staff Immigration Team, Personnel Services, Level 2, 5 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BX.

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