22 January 2010

UK immigration fees to rise in April

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The Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, Phil Woolas, has laid regulations in Parliament for the primary fees for some UK immigration and nationality services to be increased in April.

The government reviews the UK immigration fees on a regular basis and makes appropriate changes as necessary, and Mr Woolas said it was fair that those who benefit from the immigration system should help fund it.

A new UK Visa service aimed at foreign footballers and international businessmen will also be available, allowing a personalised visa renewal service at a cost of £15,000.

As part of the personalised visa renewal service, officials from the UK Border Agency will visit highly skilled migrants at their office or home to go through immigration documents, take the new biometrics and fingerprints, and provide an on-the-spot visa decision. Only 50 appointments for this service will be available for the pilot 12 months.

Some Ministers are also almost doubling the fees for migrants who apply to bring elderly parents from abroad to live with them to more than £1,900 and are to introduce a separate 10 per cent charge for every child of a migrant who is already in Britain who wants to extend their family’s stay.

Phil Woolas, Immigration Minister, defended the big increases in fees to be introduced in April, saying it was fair that those who benefit from the immigration system should help fund it.

The fee increases include:

UK IMMIGRATION FEE CHANGES

VISA FEES

Product
2009/10 Fees (£)
Proposed Fee for 2010/11 (£)
Long term visit visa (up to 2 yr)

215

230

Long term visit visa (up to 5 yr)
400
420
Long term visit visa (up to 10 yr)

500

610

Settlement visa *

585

644

Settlement Visa *- Dependent Relative
585
1680
T1(General, Investor / Entrepreneur)*

675

690

T1 (General/Entrepreneur) CESC *

615

629

T2 *

265

270

T2 (CESC) *

245

250

IN UK - LEAVE TO REMAIN AND NATIONALITY FEES

Product
2009/10 Fees (£)
Proposed Fee for 2010/11 (£)
ILR Postal *

820

840

ILR PEO *
1020
1095
ILR Postal (CESC) *

750

767

ILR PEO (CESC) *

920

992

ILR Dependant Relative (Postal) *
820
1680
ILR Dependant Relative (PEO) *

1020

1930

Leave to Remain Non Student Postal *

465

475

Leave to Remain Non Student PEO *

665

730

FLR (IED) Postal *

400

400

FLR (IED) PEO *

600

650

FLR (BUS) *

800

800

Transfer of Conditions PEO

515

578

Nationality 6(1) Single *

640

655

Nationality 6(1) Joint *

690

770

Nationality 6(2) *

640

655

Nationality Registration Adult *

460

470

Nationality Registration Single Minors *

460

470

Nationality Registration Multiple Minors *

510

567

IN UK - PBS FEES

Product
2009/10 Fees (£)
Proposed Fee for 2010/11 (£)
T1 (General) - Postal *

820

840

T1 (General) - PEO *
1020
1095
T1 (General/Entrepreneur) CESC Postal *

750

767

T1 (General/Entrepreneur) CESC PEO *

920

992

T1 (Invs or Ent) - Postal *
820
1680
T1 (Invs or Ent) - PEO *

1020

1930

T1 (Post Study) – Postal

500

550

T1 (Post Study) - PEO *

700

800

Tier 1 (Transition) Postal *

400

408

Tier 1 (Transition) PEO *

600

663

T2 - Postal *

465

475

T2 - PEO *

665

730

T2 CESC Postal *

425

435

T2 CESC PEO *

665

730

T4 - PEO *

565

628

T5 – PEO

515

578

T5 CESC PEO

460

521

 


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