As of 6th April 2017, some immigration fees are have been increased. Areas that will be impacted the most include:
- settlement, resident and nationality applications
- premium services, such as priority visa service
Even though many of the increases are small, they will be compounded by some of the other changes which came into force on 6th April 2017, including the £1,000 skills charge for each non-EEA recruit employed by a UK employer. Some smaller organisations may have no choice but to pass this charge onto the Tier 2 visa applicant.
Examples of some of the immigration fee increases
Some of the steepest increases in fees include:
- Settlement – other dependent relative, up £574 from 2016
- Indefinite Leave to Remain, up £422 from 2016
- Other leave to remain, up £182
- Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules, up £422 from 2016
- Retired person of independent means, up 344 from 2016
- Super premium service, up £1,750 from 2016
- Mobile premium service, up £1,013 from 2016
What do these immigration fee increases mean?
It seems the British government learnt its lesson last year, after having to make an abrupt U-turn on immigration fee increases of up to 500% in some instances. The outcry from the best immigration lawyers and lobby groups was deafening, causing ministers to promise to take on a more extensive review of fees in the future.
By comparison, this year’s increases are relatively modest. Some of the priority service fees have seen a hefty jump, but these are more likely to be used by wealthier migrants applying for Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur Visas.
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Posted on: Friday, 07 April, 2017