Immigration Minister Mark Harper has laid a written ministerial statement proposing fee increases for visa applications made overseas, and applications made in the UK.
The proposals laid in Parliament on 25th February and on 14th March, subject to Parliamentary approval, will take effect from 6th April 2013.
“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,” Mr. Harper said.
The 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, Home Office said.
These adjustments, the Home Office, added will also allow them to improve their levels of customer service and deliver a high quality immigration service at a challenging time for public finances across the UK.