If you wish to apply for a Tier 2 (general) visa, then there is a fee payable and the amount varies depending upon your situation and where you are when applying.
Tier 2 visa applications for up to three years
If you are outside the UK and are making an application then the fee at present is £514.00. If you are in the UK and extending or switching into a Tier 2 visa then the fee is £601.00 or £1001.00 if you apply for the premium service. The fees for dependants are the same and are charged per person.
If you are a citizen of Macedonia or Turkey the fees are £459.00 for applications from outside the UK, £546.00 for switching or extensions from within the UK and £946.00 for the premium service.
Alternatively, if you are making a Tier 2 application and the job you will be doing in the UK is on the shortage occupation list then the fees are £428.00 from outside the UK and from within the UK. The same fees apply to dependants. If you use the premium service the fee is £828.00. Citizens of Macedonia or Turkey the fees are £373.00 from either outside or within the UK and £773.00 for the premium service.
Tier 2 applications for more than three years
If the Tier 2 visa you are applying for is for more than 3 years in length then the fees from abroad are £1028.00, or £1202.00 if you are extending or switching visa from within the UK and £1602.00 for the premium service. The fees are the same for each dependant as for the main applicant.
For citizens of Macedonia or Turkey, the entry clearance fee is £973.00, and the fee for an application to extend a visa or switch from within the UK is £1147.00 and £1547.00 for the premium service.
If the Tier 2 visa you are applying for involves you doing a job on the shortage occupation list then the fee will be £856.00 regardless of whether you are outside the UK or within the UK. The fee for the premium service is £1256.00. The fees for dependants are the same as for the main applicant and are charged per person.
Citizens of Macedonia and Turkey are required to pay a fee of £801.00 or £1201.00 for the premium service.
Please note the fees are correct as at July 2014 and are subject to change at any time, although changes are only normally made in April of each year. If you have any queries then please contact our immigration team on firstname.lastname@example.org