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Ukraine: Work Permits

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether people entering the UK from the Ukraine for the purposes of the performing arts are required to pay the revised charge for a work visa. (160639)

A new migration and visa fee structure was introduced on 1 April. People entering the UK from the Ukraine for the purposes of the performing arts were required to pay the revised charge of £200 for a work visa from this date. Those performing at permit-free festivals must pay a visa fee of £99. This new fee structure is intended to meet a number of objectives, to provide sufficient revenue to meet the costs of an effective management of the end-to-end migration system, to reflect more appropriately the value attributed to specific categories of entitlement by migrants and visitors, but also to set fees at levels which maintain the UK’s ability to attract people in an increasingly competitive international environment.