How much do I have to spend as an employer on UK Skilled Worker work visa

Working out how much a Skilled Worker visa to the UK costs can be a challenging task. In particular for someone who is not an immigration lawyer. There are so many factors to take into account when doing the calculations. In short, Skilled Worker visa can be complex for applicants applying on their own.

Fees employer has to pay for sponsor licence and COS

Employer applying for a sponsor licence has to pay the application fee to the Home Office. The fee is £1,476 for a large organization or £536 for a small organization or a charity.

Assigning each Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) requires payment of a standard fee of £ 199 for each certificate and in addition in most cases also payment of the Immigration Skills Charge. The total cost to assign a 3-year COS certificate can be in the region of £1,300 for a small sponsor and approximately £3,200 for a large sponsor.

Skilled Worker visa application fees vary, and depending on the circumstances are between £247 to £1,423 per applicant. It is important to remember that each dependant family member also has to pay the fees. In addition, there is also the NHS Health Surcharge to pay. For adults it is £624 per year and for those under 18 it is £470 per year.

What are the costs of Skilled worker visa for sponsor employer and migrants

The question about how much skilled worker visa costs is frequent. Sponsor employers and migrant overseas workers want to know what costs they will have to incur for the application.

Size/type of the employerSmall employer/charity organizationLarge employer
Sponsor licence application cost5361476
Certificate of sponsorship (COS)199199
Immigration skills charge (for COS)364 per year1000 per year
Visa application cost*from £247 to £1,423 depending on your circumstances from £247 to £1,423 depending on your circumstances
NHS Surcharge*624 per year624 per year
* may be paid by the employee or employer

To make the task of calculating the government fees for a Skilled Worker visa easier, we prepared a calculator. Prospective sponsor employers and applicants can use it.

About the Skilled Worker visa fees calculator

Our calculator takes into account the different Skilled Worker visa types (e.g. Health and Care visa, Shortage Occupation. Also various other circumstances that can impact on the cost of the visa. For example when a Student is switching to a Skilled Worker the sponsor employer is exempt from the Immigration Skills Charge). The sums involved can vary significantly, depending on the Skilled Worker visa type. Other circumstances relating to the migrant worker or the sponsor employer also impact on the cost.

Immigration skills charge

The biggest fees are usually for the Immigrations Skills Charge (ISC) and the NHS Health Surcharge which is also called the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). ISC fees depend on the duration of CoS (Certificate of sponsorship), the migrant worker and the size of the sponsor employer’s organization. Sponsor organizations that qualify under the ‘small company regime’ in the Companies Act 2006 Companies Act 2006 ( , and charitable organizations Search the charity register – GOV.UK (, pay lower ISC fees of £364 per each year of Cos, and a lower application fee of £536 when applying for a sponsor licence.

By comparison, other sponsors (medium/large organizations) have to pay £1,000 per each year of Cos for ISC. They have to pay £1,476 for the initial sponsor licence application. Sponsor employers must pay the ISC fee at the time when they assign Cos certificate to a migrant worker.

Skilled worker visa NHS Surcharge

NHS Surcharge (IHS) fee applies to all Skilled Worker visa applications, except the Health and Care visa. The Health and Care visa main applicants and dependants are exempt from the IHS fees. The current IHS fee rates for those who are subject to payment are as follows. A sum of £624 per each year of visa for adult applicants and £470 per each year of visa for applicants who are under the age of 18 at the time of application. The IHS fees are mandatory and must be paid upfront at the time the Skilled Worker visa application is submitted online.

UK skilled worker visa cost fees