UK visa application fees to increase in April

by Ray Clancy on March 12, 2013

Changes to immigration rules come into effect next month

UK visa application fees to increase in April

UK visa application fees are set to increase next month as part of a plan to improve customer service and deliver a better quality service. As of 6 April the fees will increase for visa application made overseas and applications made in the UK, said Immigration Minister Mark Harper.

‘These increases are mostly in line with inflation and will ensure that the UK continues to welcome the brightest and the best. It is only right that those who use and benefit from the immigration system should contribute more than the UK taxpayer,’ he explained.

‘The proposed fee increases take place against a difficult financial context for the UK Border Agency and the government as a whole. We believe our proposals to increase fees strike the right balance between ensuring the UK Border Agency continues to provide a world class service and maintaining a fees structure that does not inhibit the UK’s ability to continue to attract those businesses, migrants and visitors who most benefit the UK,’ he added.

He pointed that the adjustments will allow the UK Border Agency to improve levels of customer service and deliver a high quality immigration service at a challenging time for public finances across the UK. ‘The government reviews these fees on a regular basis and makes appropriate changes as necessary. In developing these proposals, the UK Border Agency has sought to limit most increases to 3%, which is in line with recent measures of inflation,’ said Harper.

Quote from ExpatForum.com : “Hi I am in need of some help….I am a UK national with a british passport but have a home in UK and Greece. Live mostly in Greece and travel around Europe working. I married some years ago a Georgian NON EU lady. We married in the UK under a fiance Visa and recieved a 2 year Identity card. Sadly as we travelled overseas she was unable to sit an engish test to obtain a leave to remain.”

‘There are further targeted increases for applications made within the UK, where the value of the entitlements provided to successful applicants is greater, and new fees for European residence documents. The UK Border Agency has given careful consideration to its fee levels, to ensure they provide the funding necessary to operate effective immigration controls and invest in improving service levels to customers,’ he added.

The Minister also said that for certain application categories, UKBA will continue to set fees higher than the administrative cost to reflect their value to successful applicants. ‘This helps to provide resources to run the UK immigration system and enables the Agency to set lower fees elsewhere in support of wider government objectives to attract those businesses, workers, students and visitors who most benefit the UK,’ explained Harper.

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