Requesting a fee waiver

In some cases, if you cannot afford to pay the fee for your immigration or nationality application, or if paying the fee would result in the particular and essential additional needs of a child not being met, you can request a fee waiver.

You must make this fee waiver request before making your immigration or nationality application. You may start your immigration or nationality application online, but it should only be submitted after you have received a decision on your fee waiver request.

Applications for permission to stay in the UK

You can request a fee waiver if you are making an application for permission to stay in the UK on the basis of family life or private life:

If you are granted a fee waiver, you must apply to stay in the UK for 1 of the above reasons.

Where you are applying with other family members, you must include the same applicants in your fee waiver request as you will include in your permission to stay application. For example, your partner or any dependant children.

You may apply for a fee waiver on behalf of one or more of your family members who are applying with you, 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.

Applications for entry clearance

You can request a fee waiver if you are applying for entry clearance on the basis of family life or private life and if you are eligible:

If you are granted a fee waiver, you must apply for entry clearance for 1 of the above reasons.

Where you are applying with other family members, you must include the same applicants in your fee waiver request as you will include in your permission to stay application. For example, your partner or any dependant children.

You may apply for a fee waiver on behalf of one or more of your family members who are applying with you, 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 must provide details and evidence about your sponsor when making a fee waiver request for 1 of the above reasons.

Applications to register a child under 18 as a British citizen

You can request a fee waiver if you are aged under 18 and are applying for registration as a British citizen

The fee waiver request can include 1 or more children with the same parent(s) or legal guardian.

If you make a fee waiver request through the online service and you qualify, you must also make your nationality application online. If you cannot make both applications online, you should use the paper forms.

If the application for registration as a British Citizen is being made in respect of a child who is looked after by a local authority (as defined in the Children Act 1989), it is not necessary to complete a fee waiver request form. Applicants should instead indicate this on the application form.

Before submitting your request for a fee waiver

Before you begin your request, you must read the relevant guidance. This guidance includes information about who is eligible for a fee waiver, how to apply, the affordability test, what the particular and essential additional needs of a child means, and the documents you must provide to support your request.

You will be asked for information and evidence about yourself, and where relevant, your partner and dependant children 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.

What happens next

If you qualify for a fee waiver, you will be told by email or letter. This will include a personalised code that you will need to include in your immigration or nationality application. This code will show which fee waiver you have qualified for.

If you qualify for a fee waiver and are applying on a route where the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is payable, this will also be waived, and you will not need to pay the IHS.

About the online form

The amount of time you will need to complete the request form will depend on your situation. You will be able to save your form 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.

Where monetary amounts are indicated, these must be provided in Great British Pounds (GBP). To convert monetary amounts from other currencies into GBP, use the currency converter provided by OANDA.

How we use your data

The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to consider your request. 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.

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