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

The Staff Immigration Team has to pay the Certificate of Sponsorship 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 Any refunds (in the event of a withdrawn application, or overpayment of NHS Surcharge) will be returned to the card used for payment but this can sometimes take up to 2-3 months.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 table below provides a summary of the costs incurred by the 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*

*Previously there was a visa fee reduction for applicants from certain countries, including most Europeans, but from 26 February 2022 this concession no longer applies.




Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge


£1,035 (per year)

£776 for applicants under the age of 18 (per year)


Cost of Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship

CoS (not required for dependant applications)



Previously there was no CoS fee for applicants from certain countries, including most Europeans, but from 26 February 2022 this concession no longer applies.

The hosting department, faculty or college incurs the cost of issuing the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). The Staff Immigration Team (SIT) will pay the cost of the CoS when it is issued and subsequently cross-charge this amount back to departments on a monthly basis.


The CoS application form will ask for details of the

  • 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). 


SIT is unable to cross-charge CoS fees to colleges.

Please contact SIT to check the amount to be paid and arrange a bank transfer.

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