New visa and nationality fees now in place for UK

by Ray Clancy on March 28, 2016

New fees for visas and immigration and nationality applications in the UK are now in force with a maximum amount set for the next four years.

Visas linked most closely to economic growth, such as those offered to workers and students, have increased by 2% and a 2% increase also affects all visitor visas.

There is an increase of up to 25% for settlement, residence and nationality fees, as these routes deliver the most benefits to successful applicants and an increase of up to 33% for optional premium services offered by the Home Office such as the super-premium service and priority visa services overseas.

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Fees for all sponsorship categories have been held at the current rates and officials said that the new structure should ensure that the UK remains attractive to business, migrants and visitors.

“These changes ensure that the Home Office can achieve a self-funding system, whilst continuing to provide a competitive level of service,” said a spokesman.

Meanwhile the Super Priority Visa Service has been extended to the UK visa application centre in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Home Office spokesman said it is another example of how the UK is leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit or work.

The new service, which costs £750 in addition to the visa and User Pays fee, is aimed at those who want extra speed and flexibility. It is completely optional. The service can be used to apply for long term, multi-entry visas, valid for up to 10 years, and also for long term study and work visas.

“As part of our long term economic plan, we are determined to do everything we can to back business, support investment and create jobs. The new 24 hour visa service will persuade more business travellers, investors and tourists to visit Britain, to trade with Britain and to expand in Britain,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron.

He described the move as good news for British business and tourism, helping the UK to build a more resilient economy and secure a brighter future for Britain.

Carolyn Browne, the UK Ambassador to Kazakhstan, said that last year over 15,000 UK visas were issued for Kazakhstani citizens. “I’m sure that this new service, in addition to the existing services which include both routine and priority visa tracks, will contribute to a further increase in Kazakhstanis choosing to visit the UK,” she pointed out.

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