You can pay through cheques, UK postal order, debit card
5th April 2011: You must pay your fee online as part of your application, if you are applying online. But, if you are applying by post or in person, you can choose how to pay your application fee.
This includes payment by cheque in sterling on a UK bank account. The application form will tell you who to make the cheque payable to. You should write your full name and date of birth on the back, and attach the cheque to the front of the completed application form.
The UK Border Agency says you can also make the payment with a UK postal order. For the purpose, you should write your full name and date of birth on the back, and attach the postal order to the front of the completed application form.
You can also make the payment with a credit or debit card, including American Express, MasterCard, Visa (including Electron), Delta, and Maestro (including Solo).
The UKBA says: `We can accept any Maestro card, if you are applying in a person at a public enquiry office, but only Maestro cards issued in the UK if you are applying by post.
`You must include the card number, the amount paid, the payer's name as it appears on the card, the 'valid from' and expiry dates, the card verification value (CVV) code, the cardholder's signature and the date. The issue number is also needed for Maestro cards. If you are applying in person at a public enquiry office, the cardholder must be present in order for the payment to be taken.
`Payment by any other method, by post or at a public enquiry office, is not accepted’.
Full amount to cover the total cost of application should be sent. Failure to do this will render your application invalid and it will not be considered. Your application and part payment will be returned.
Application is considered only after the payment has cleared. Payments are cleared after five working days for cheques; after one working day for credit or debit cards; and immediately for postal orders
If you are making numerous payments using your credit card, the anti-fraud measures that banks operate sometimes stop the payment being taken. This may be because you have exceeded the maximum limit on a single transaction or the number of transactions allowed in a given period of time.
You must ensure that you contact your bank in advance, so that the bank will allow the full payment to be taken without any such problems when you submit your applications.
The UKBA adds: `It is very important that you complete the payment section of the application form correctly. If this section contains errors, we will not be able to process your payment. This will mean that your application is invalid’.