16 February 2009
UKBA to introduce changes to fees for UK visas and sponsor licences
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has released its revised fees for UK visas and sponsor licences.
Since February last year, the UKBA has been rolling out a new, tighter system for UK immigration. Because of the major changes involved, including massive upgrades to security systems at border controls and the development of biometric technologies, the Government is looking to increase its revenue from the UK visa application system to cover its costs, so that the taxpayer does not bear the burden of the immigration upgrade.
The Government has released the 2009-10 fee levels for all visa, immigration and nationality applications and services, which can be found on their Home Office website.
The Government will invest over £2.2 billion during the next two years to the UK immigration system, and around one third of this funding will be borne by foreign nationals.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in UK visa and immigration services.