In some cases, if you cannot pay the fee for your application to remain in the UK because you are destitute or may become destitute as a result of paying the fee, you can use this form to request a fee waiver.
You must submit this fee waiver request before applying to remain in the UK. You may start your leave to remain application online, but it should only be submitted after you have received a decision on your fee waiver request.
You should include the same applicants in your fee waiver request as you will include in your leave to remain application, for example a dependant partner or any dependant children. You may apply for a fee waiver on behalf of one or more of your dependents, even if you are not applying for a fee waiver for your application. This may be appropriate if you can pay some, but not all, of the fees for the applications.
You can only make a fee waiver request if you are making an application to remain in the UK on the basis of family life or private life for the following routes:
- as a partner or spouse, under the 5 year route, where you do not need to meet the minimum income threshold because your partner is in receipt of one or more specified benefits
- as a parent, under the 5 year route
- as a partner, parent or dependant child based on your family life or private life in the UK, under the 10 year route
- on human rights grounds, including where you were previously refused under the family route but granted "Discretionary Leave" or "leave outside the Rules"
- to extend your leave as someone who was refused asylum or humanitarian protection and given "Discretionary Leave" instead
- to extend your leave as a person who was previously granted leave as a victim of trafficking or slavery
You must apply to stay in the UK for one of the above reasons after you receive a decision on your fee waiver request
What you need to know before submitting your request
Before you begin your request, read the guidance which includes information about who is eligible for a fee waiver, the affordability test to assess whether an individual has demonstrated that they cannot afford the fee, what destitute means, how to request a fee waiver and the documents you must send in to support your request.
If you make a fee waiver request through this online service and you qualify, you must also apply for your leave to remain application online. You may start your leave to remain application online, but it should only be submitted after you have received a decision on your fee waiver request.
You must provide evidence that you qualify for a fee waiver. This will be different depending on your circumstances, but might include documents such as letters local authorities, or bank statements.
You will be asked for details and evidence about yourself, any dependants you plan to include in your application for leave to remain and anyone else in your household or who helps you with money, accommodation or meeting your essential living needs.
There is no charge for making a request for a fee waiver.
Submitting your fee waiver request
If you make a fee waiver request and you have no leave (or your current leave has expired), and then apply for leave to remain, the date of the application will be the date you submitted your application for leave to remain - not the date of your fee waiver request.
If you make a fee waiver request before your current leave expires, and then apply for leave to remain, the date of the application is the date you submitted the fee waiver request – not the date your leave would expire.
We recommend that, if you have valid leave to remain and are applying to extend it to stay with the same family member, you do not apply for a fee waiver until you are within 28 days of your leave expiring.
Example: Your leave expires 1 April 2021, you request a fee waiver on 1 January 2021. The fee waiver is accepted on 1 February 2021, you then have to apply for your leave to remain within 10 working days.
You apply for leave to remain on 11 February 2021 and it is granted; you are granted a maximum of 31 months. You lose approximately 2.5 months from your current leave (which expired on 1 April 2021).
What happens next
If you qualify for a fee waiver, you will be told by letter. This letter will include a personalised code that you enter in your application for leave to remain that shows which fee waiver you have qualified for when applying for your leave to remain application.
If you qualify for a fee waiver, you will also not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
About the online form
The amount of time you will need to complete the request will depend on your situation. You will be able to save your request and come back to it at another time if you need to.
If you are inactive for 25 minutes you will be automatically logged out.
How we use your data
The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to consider your application. We may also share your information with other public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. For more detail please see the Privacy Notice for the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship system. This also sets out your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 and explains how you can access your personal information and complain if you have concerns about how we are using it.