The government has launched a consultation on immigration and visa charging principles.
The consultation which kicked off on 12th November 2013, will last for three weeks.
In a written statement to Parliament, Mark Harper, Minister for Immigration said: “People who need permission to visit the UK and those who want to live, work or study here must pay a fee for their visa. It is important that we seek input into how we ensure that those who benefit directly from the immigration system and enhanced border control contribute appropriately to its costs in the future.”
The purpose of this consultation is to look at options for ensuring those who benefit directly from the immigration system and enhanced border control contribute appropriately to its costs in the future.
“We will be seeking views from stakeholders who have an interest in the way fees are set, the consistency and complexity of fees and on premium services. We are also seeking views on proposals on administrative reviews and refunds and how the Home Office interacts with third parties,” Mr. Harper said.
Topics covered within the consultation are: simplifying fee structure; fee levels; legislation; premium and optional services; Border Force; commercial partnerships; refunds and administration fees; and wider impacts.
Home Office said that the responses will help them decide how to use charging powers to set appropriate immigration fees in the future and shape thinking on the need for different products and services.