UK Visa and nationality fees are expected to increase in April.
01 March 2011
UK visa and immigration fee increase on the cards
The UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has issued a written Ministerial Statement that proposes to increase immigration and nationality application fees for all those applying to study, visit, work or stay in the UK.
The proposed UK Visa fees will be laid in Parliament in two separate regulations, and will not come into force until they have been debated and approved in Parliament. If approved, the fee increase will take effect from 6 April 2011.
Under the current spending review, the Home Office is implementing a real terms reduction in budgets of up to a 20 per cent. While the UK Border Agency is already seeking to offset this income gap with efficiency savings these measures will not go far enough, and to address the funding shortfall the UK Border Agency will need to increase fees for financial year 2011/12.
The UK Border Agency believe the proposals to increase fees continue to strike the right balance between maintaining secure and effective UK immigration controls and ensuring that visa fees do not impact on the UK’s ability to attract migrants and visitors that make a valued contribution.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their UK Visa applications to the British Embassy.