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New Charging Regime for Immigration and Nationality Fees

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

Today the Government publish the findings of the consultation paper, “A consultation on a New Charging Regime for Immigration and Nationality Fees”, which ran from 30 October to 22 December last year. We also set out the policy on a new charging regime for immigration and nationality fees and the new and proposed in-country fee levels. The FCO is announcing new visa levels today, after agreement by the Privy Council yesterday.

We know that we offer highly competitive immigration services overseas and in-country and we continue to value the contribution made by migrants to the UK’s economic growth and enrichment of our society. In the consultation process we were clear that any changes to the way in which we charge migrant workers and students who come to the UK must not adversely impact on the many benefits that legal migration brings.

During the consultation period we sent out over 3,000 consultation documents and received 340 formal responses. In addition, we ran a series of 13 sector- based stakeholder events with over 400 participants. These included key stakeholders in the education, business and health and social care sectors, as well as diplomats and representatives of the travel and tourism sector.

We propose to move to a new flexible charging model which balances the services we offer at home and overseas, the entitlements attached to each of these and the price. In this way we believe that we can set fees at levels that minimise the operational risk to our businesses whilst generating the revenue for the next four years to help fund the transformation of the immigration system, and maintaining the global competitiveness of the UK as a place to work, visit and do business. We believe that those who benefit most from coming to the UK should contribute most to funding the end-to-end system. The charging system must be fair to those who use the system, in terms of the price paid for the visa and attached entitlements; and fair to the UK taxpayer, who will continue to support the immigration system that brings benefits and enrichment to this country.

The new model will involve setting fees taking into account a number of factors, such as value to the migrant and international competitiveness. This will mean that for those routes that we believe to be the most sensitive to price increases, or where we believe that wider issues make a strong argument for doing so, we will set fees at cost recovery or below. Those routes that we believe, on the basis of the research, are less sensitive to increases to visa and in-country application fees and bring increased value to migrants in terms of their entitlements would be charged at levels that contribute substantially more to the overall cost of the immigration system.

We attach the proposed in-country fee levels for immigration and nationality applications for which the relevant legislative orders will be introduced in Parliament shortly.

Copies of the consultation response have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and may also be downloaded from: www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk, www.ukvisas.gov.uk or www.fco.gov.uk.

Proposed New Fee Levels

Application Type

Current Fee (£)

CP Fee (£)

Total Price (£)

New Fee (£)

Settlement visa

260

3.57- 44.75.

260-304.74

500

Work permit visa

85

3.57- 44.77

86-129.74

200

Long-term visa

85

3.57- 44.78

87-129.74

200

Student visa

85

3.57- 44.76

85-129.74

99

Visitor

50

3.57- 44.74

50-94.74

63

DATV

50

3.57- 44.74

30-74.74

44

Application Type

Current Fee (£)

New Fee (£)

Settlement/Nationality

Indefinite Leave to Remain

335

750

Indefinite Leave to Remain Premium

500

950

Nationality—Right of Abode

20

135

Nationality—Naturalisation

200

575

Nationality—Adult Registration

120

400

Nationality—Minor Single and Multiple

200

400

Nationality—Renunciation

120

385

Work

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

315

400

HSMP Leave to Remain

335

350

Work Permits

153

190

Work Permit Leave to Remain

335

350

Work Permit Leave to Remain Premium

500

550

Business Case Unit

335

750

WRS

70

90

SAWS

12

12

LTR Other

Leave to Remain (non-student)

335

395

Leave to Remain (non-student) Premium

500

595

Certificate of Approval

135

295

Transfer of Conditions

160

160

Transfer of Conditions Premium

160

500

Adult Travel Documents (CID)

195

210

Child Travel Documents (CID)

115

130

Adult Travel Documents (CTD)

42

66

Child Travel Document (CTD)

25

45

Student

Student Leave to Remain

250

295

Student Leave to Remain Premium

500

500