Further proposals were put forward yesterday by Immigration Minister Mark Harper to change the fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the UK Border Agency. If approved by Parliament, they will take effect from 6 April 2013.
The proposals state that the UK Border Agency has given careful consideration to its fee levels to ensure that necessary funding is available for investment into improving customer service and operating an effective immigration control, while at the same time allowing the UK to continue to attract the ‘brightest and best’ migrants and those who make a valued contribution to British society.
The increase in fees has also been justified on the grounds that there is an ongoing need to reduce public spending and it is considered only right that those who use and benefit from the immigration system should contribute more towards it than the UK taxpayer.
The proposals confirm that the majority of increases in fees have been limited to 3% in line with inflation, but that there are some categories of applications for which the fees have been increased where it is believed that the value of the entitlements provided to the successful applicant are greater. For these applications, the fees will continue to be set higher than the administrative cost of dealing with them to help provide resources to the UK Border Agency, and enable lower fees to be set for other applications.
The list of fee changes from April 2013 can be found here: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/fees-2013.pdf
For full details of how the proposed fees will affect you or your business, please contact [email protected] or your Magrath representative who will be pleased to assist.