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Immigrants may have to pay more visa fees

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.

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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.

 

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