Immigration minister Damian Green has issued a written ministerial statement proposing an increase in visa fees, and an increase in UK-based visa application fees.
The proposals will be laid in Parliament in 2 separate regulations and, subject to Parliamentary approval, the government hopes to bring the new fees into force from 6 April 2012.
Damian Green said: ‘It is only fair that those who use and benefit from the immigration system contribute a higher share of the cost of running it – reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer.’
Fees will increase by only 2 per cent in the majority of cases, but there will be higher increases on certain routes.
A full table of the proposed fees is included in the written ministerial statement, which can be downloaded from the right side of this page (see link below).