New immigration and nationality fees to be introduced from 18 March 2016
The Home Office has announced that new immigration and nationality fees will be coming into effect earlier than anticipated, on 18 March 2016 (or 6 April 2016 in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man).
Whilst the fees for the sponsorship categories (including Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsorship licence applications and Certificates of Sponsorship) will be held at the current rates, significant fee increases will be implemented elsewhere, including:
- a 2% increase to all visitor visas
- a 2% increase to all visas linked to economic growth, such as those offered to workers and students
- an increase of up to 25% to settlement, residence and nationality fees
- an increase of up to 33% for optional premium services offered by the Home Office such as the super premium service and priority visa services overseas.
A full list of the new rates can be found in the fees table: www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table
The Home Office have stated that the objective is to raise £100 million in 2016/2017 and a self-funded system by 2019-2020, reducing UK taxpayer contributions towards the border, immigration and citizenship system.
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