Immigrants may have to pay more visa fees. 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 two separate regulations and, subject to Parliamentary approval, the government hopes to bring the new fees into force from 6 April 2012.
Immigration minister, 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 two per cent in the majority of cases, but there will be higher increases on certain routes.