Most fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services will increase by 4 percent under new proposals announced by the government.
If Parliament approves the changes the new fees will apply from 6th April 2014. Some fees for premium services overseas will apply from 31st March 2014.
Home Office said they were proposing other targeted increases so that they can limit wider general increases and improve their customer service.
The increases will also allow the Home Office to begin offering optional premium services, including: a 3-5 day priority visa service costing £100; a priority settlement application service for a fee of £300; a super priority visa service for £600, which will expedite the application process to the shortest period possible; appointments outside of office hours for a fee of £50; and offering a passport passback service at more locations, which will be charged at £40 per applicant.
The proposals also contain a number of fee reductions and changes, including: reducing the fee for direct airside transit visa to £40; reducing sponsorship fees for Tier 2 large sponsor licenses and sponsor action plans, and freezing a number of other sponsorship fees.
The Home Office is also proposing the introduction of a Tier 2 shortage occupations fee of £428 for applicants both overseas and in the UK, and introduction of a new 5 year Tier 2 general/ICT application.
The discount for nationals of countries that have ratified the 1961 European Social Charter may also be changed to a flat rate of £55.