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Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007 to question 130861, on cost recovery, whether the new charges for visas, residency and naturalisation are in excess of full cost recovery. (132737)

As I set out to the House in the Third Delegated Legislation Committee on 26 March 2007, in setting fees above normal cost recovery levels we have done so on the basis of the value to the migrant of a successful application (or for work permits, the employer) in reliance of the powers in section 42 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004.

The fees set at levels above cost recovery are set out in the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2007. The fees at or below cost recovery levels are set out in the Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) Regulations 2007.