21 September 2010

UK Visa and immigration fee increase from next month

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The UK Border Agency will increase UK Visa and nationality application fees for all those applying to visit, study, work or stay in the UK from next month.

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Some UK Visa and immigration fees will increase next month, with increases for others commencing in November.

The UK Visa and immigration fee increases, in line with broader announcements about reductions to public spending, will help the department meet budgetary pressures, alongside efficiency savings.

“The Government has looked again at the contribution made towards the costs of running an immigration system by the users of that system, balanced against those costs met by the UK taxpayer and we believe proposals to increase fees at this time are in the best interests of the UK,” the minister for Immigration Damian Green said.

“Securing the border brings with it an unavoidable core of cost, especially as we seek to improve customer service for visa applicants: something which we believe is important in the efficient running of the UK economy,” he said.

Regulations to set application fees at or below the cost of processing are subject to the negative parliamentary procedure, and these fees will increase from 1 October 2010. Where a fee is charged that is set above the cost of processing, the regulations are subject to the affirmative parliamentary process; these fees are due to come into effect in November, subject to parliamentary timetabling.

The ministerial statement about the increase in fees as well as the full list of fee increases to be applied can be viewed here.

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