In recent times the Government has announced changes to the fees for visa applications, applications for British Nationality and premium services. These changes are due to commence from 6th April 2014.
Minister for Immigration Mark Harper stated in his ministerial statement: “In developing these proposals, the Home Office has sought to limit most increases to 4%.”
The justification for such an increase, he says, is “Given the ongoing need to reduce public spending, we believe it is right that we continue to reduce the contribution made by UK taxpayers towards delivering the immigration system by asking those who use and benefit directly from the system to make a greater contribution.”
As has always been the case the changes in the fees translates to an increase in fees for most visa applications and in some cases the increase in fees is significant and far beyond the 4% increase stipulated. The categories that are most affected by the increase are visit visa applications and dependant applications.
For those who apply to visit the UK after the new fees are imposed, their fees will be increased by 4% (for up to 6 months stay), 8% (for up to 2 year stay) and 6.5% for visits of up to 5 years stay in the UK.
Settlement applications will see an increase of 4% in fees.
Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 4 applications made out of country will generally see an increase of 4%, with the exception of the new Tier 2 categories.
Fees for applications for British naturalisation will be increased by 4%.
The most significant increases can be seen in the applications for dependants for Indefinite Leave to Remain. In relation to the main applicant, the increase will be 4%, however, any dependants to an application will see an increase of a staggering 38.7%.
The situation is similar for Leave to Remain applications, where the main applicant fees are increased by 4% but any dependant to the application will have to pay an increase of an astounding 38.8%.
For in country Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 applications the main applicants will experience an increase of 4% with an average increase for all dependant applications of over 38%.
Given the imminence of the increase in fees for visa applications made both inside and outside the UK, Westkin would urge clients to prepare and submit their applications as soon as possible. As leaders in the field, our lawyers are able to assist with the swift preparation of your applications to ensure that your applications can be submitted before the new fees are implemented.
If you are considering making an application and wish to avoid paying an increased fee, please contact our lawyers. We are experts in all types of immigration applications and are able to provide accurate legal advice and prepare high quality applications within tight deadlines.
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