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Consular Fees Order 2008

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently undertaken a review of the fees charged for visa and consular services overseas. On 12 March 2008 Her Majesty in Council approved the Consular Fees Order 2008. This revokes and replaces the Consular Fees Order 2007 and two Consular Fees (Amendment) Orders. The Government are today announcing changes to the consular fees to be charged under this order with effect from 1 April 2008.

Passport fees, at home and overseas, remain at current levels. However the order enables fees for passport applications made both overseas and in the United Kingdom to be non-refundable in the event that the application is unsuccessful, whereas previously they were not.

The order includes a premium service legalisation fee of £67 for companies, solicitors and notaries, to be charged from a new office in central London. The standard legalisation service both offered by consular officers at posts overseas and by the London legalisation office (to move to Milton Keynes later in the year) will remain at £27.

Fees for receiving applications for entry clearance to the United Kingdom, for passing through the United Kingdom, direct airside transit visas and certificates of entitlement of abode, which were previously charged under the Consular Fees Order, are now charged under section 51 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and, in respect of those fees that are set at levels that exceed the administrative cost of the application, in reliance on section 42 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004. However fees for receiving applications for entry clearance to Commonwealth countries, British overseas territories and Crown Dependencies continue to be charged in the order. Fees for applications for entry clearance to the Crown Dependencies made from outside the UK have in most cases been increased by approximately 3 per cent. in line with inflation.

It is right that those who benefit from consular services should meet the cost of them, rather than the UK taxpayer. The new fees represent the full economic cost of what we do, and will ensure that British missions overseas continue to provide a high standard of service to consular customers.

The new fees are included in the attached table.

Table of Consular Fees

Part I

Legalisation

Fee

£

1.

Attesting or legalising a signature or seal except where —

(a)

the signature or seal is on a certificate or survey of foreign passenger ships running to or from the United Kingdom, or

(b)

the signature or seal is on a document required for the deposit or withdrawal of money in or from any British Post Office or other Government Savings Bank, or

(c)

the signature or seal is in connection with stocks or bonds on the registers of the Post Office, with Savings Bank annuities or with annuities granted direct by the National Debt Commissioners —

(i)

Standard service

27.00

(ii)

Premium service

67.00

Part II

Notarial and Related Matters

Fee

£

2.

Preparing any certificate, declaration or document not listed elsewhere in this Schedule —

(a)

in standard form, for every copy

34.00

(b)

not in standard form, for every 100 words —

(i) in English

42.00

(ii) in any other language

67.00

3.

Preparing or signing, or both, a declaration of existence —

16.50

Except in connection with pay or pensions payable by a department of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, or the Government of any other Commonwealth country

4.

Administering an oath or attesting the signature on a declaration or affirmation except where —

50.00

(a)

the oath, declaration or affirmation is made under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995(a) or in connection with the loss of a passport

(b)

fee 16, 17, 27, 28, 29, 32, 38, 44, or 45 is to be taken

5.

Supplying witnesses, for each witness

20.00

6.

Initialling alterations in any document not prepared by the consular officer or marking exhibits, for each initialling or marking

10.00

7.

Making or verifying (including certifying when necessary) a copy of a document —

(a)

in typescript, for each page

34.00

(b)

reproduced by electronic means outside the consular premises, for each page

34.00

(c)

reproduced by electronic means within the consular premises, for each page (with a minimum charge of £25)

5.00

8.

Uniting documents and sealing the fastening (except where fee 45 is applicable)

20.00

9.

Affixing a photograph to a document not prepared by the consular officer, and if necessary, certifying it (except where fee 16 or 17 is applicable)

20.00

10.

Obtaining a legalisation or other certification from another authority upon any document (in addition to other direct costs if any)

42.00

11.

Supplying certified copies of documents which form part of the records of a court which is, or was formerly, established under the Foreign Jurisdiction Acts 1890(b) and 1913(c), for each page

59.00

12.

Making or verifying (including certifying when necessary) a written translation, for every 100 words or characters written in the foreign language (except where fee 31, 32 or 47 is to be taken) —

(a)

from or into Amharic, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean (three Japanese Kana count as one character when used independently)

67.00

(b)

from or into any other language

42.00

13.

Translating and interpreting viva voce except when performing official duties, for every 15 minutes

30.00

(a) 1995 c.21.

(b) 1890 c.37.

(c) 1913 c.16.

Part III

Passport Applications Made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Fee

£

14.

Administering an application made abroad, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost or stolen passport and, if the application is successful, providing a 32 page passport —

(a) where the applicant is aged 16 years or over

119.00

(b) where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years)

76.00

15.

Administering an application made abroad, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost or stolen passport and, if the application is successful, providing a 48 page passport

144.00

16.

Administering an application made abroad and, if the application is successful providing an Emergency Passport (or other document not otherwise provided for in lieu of a passport)

55.50

17.

Administering an application made abroad and, if the application is successful providing a Temporary Passport valid for not more than one year

70.50

Part IV

Passport Applications Made in the United Kingdom

Fee

£

18.

Administering an application made in the United Kingdom, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost or stolen passport and, if the application is successful, issuing a 32 page passport —

(a)

for applications made by post —

0)

where the applicant is aged 16 years and over

72.00

(ii)

where the applicant is under 1 6 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years)

46.00

(b)

for applications made in person —

(i)

where the applicant is aged 16 years or over using the fast-track service

97.00

(ii)

where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) using the fast-track service

81.00

(iii)

where the applicant is aged 1 6 years or over using the fast-track collect service

109.00

(iv).

where the applicant is under 1 6 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) using the fast-track collect service

91.00

(v)

where the applicant is aged 16 years or over using the premium service

114.00

(vi)

where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) using the premium service

94.00

19.

Administering an application made in the United Kingdom, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost and stolen passport and, if the application is successful, issuing a 48 page passport —

(a)

for applications made by post

85.00

(b)

for applications made in person —

(i)

using the fast-track service

105.00

(ii)

using the fast-track collect service

109.00

(iii)

using the premium service

123.00

20.

Administering an application made in the United Kingdom and, if the application is successful, issuing a collective passport —

(a)

for applications made by post

39.00

(b)

for applications made in person

54.00

Part V

Other Documents Relating to Travel or Entry into the UK, Commonwealth, Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies

Fee

£

21.

Preparing or forwarding, or both, any letter, certificate, declaration or other document which may be required by an authority in any country or territory in connection with an application for or the issue or renewal of an entry clearance (for a country or territory for which the consular officer does not himself have authority to issue entry clearance), a residence permit or identity card or forwarding any other certificate or document (except a Home Office travel document and applications for registration and naturalisation)

59.00

22.

Renewing a Travel Certificate, a certificate of identity or other travel document on behalf of a Commonwealth country or of a dependency of a Commonwealth country (except where fee 24 is to be taken)

59.00

23.

Renewing a Travel Certificate, a certificate of identity or other travel document on behalf of a Crown Dependency or a British overseas territory (except where fee 24 is to be taken)

59.00

24.

Revalidating or renewing a Seaman's Certificate of Nationality and Identity or a Seaman's Identity Book (in addition to fee 21 where applicable)

59.00

25.

Receiving an application for entry clearance to a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory

44.00

26.

Receiving, outside the United Kingdom, an application for —

(a)

entry

clearance to the Crown Dependencies —

(0

as a visitor, in each case for single, double and multiple entries valid for up to six months from the date of issue

65.00

(ii)

for settlement

515.00

(iii)

as a student

99.00

(iv)

outside the Immigration Rules on an application by entertainers in accordance with Chapter 17 Section 3 of the Home Office Immigration Directorate's Instructions

99.00

(v)

outside the Immigration Rules on an application by sportsmen and women in accordance with Chapter 17 Section 8 of the Home Office Immigration Directorate’s Instructions

99.00

(vi)

outside the Immigration Rules on an application by voluntary workers in accordance with Chapter 17 Section 9 of the Home Office Immigration Directorate's Instructions

99.00

(vii)

for any purpose other than those listed sub-paragraphs (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) listed above

205.00

(b)

a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in the Crown Dependencies

200.00

Part VI

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

Fee

£

27.

Receiving notice of an intended marriage, civil partnership or overseas relationship

59.00

28.

Solemnising or attending a marriage under the Foreign Marriage Acts 1892 (d) and 1947 (e): administering oaths to the parties and registering the marriage

126.00

29.

Registering a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership (Registration Abroad and Certificates) Order 2005 (f)

126.00

30.

Issuing in English or in the local language a certificate that no impediment to an intended marriage or civil partnership has been shown to exist or issuing a “certificate de coutume” for an intended marriage or intended overseas relationship in accordance with local law

59.00

31.

Forwarding a record of a marriage under the local law to the appropriate Registrar General in accordance with the Foreign Marriage Order 1970 (g), including the provision of any necessary certification

34.00

32.

Forwarding a record of an overseas relationship to the appropriate Registrar General in accordance with the Civil Partnership (Registration Abroad and Certificates) Order 2005 (h), including the provision of any necessary certification

34.00

33.

Registering a birth or death (in addition to fee 35 where applicable)

92.00

34.

Making an addition to or correction in the consular register of births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships at the request of the parties concerned

34.00

35.

Issuing a certified copy of an entry in the consular register of births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships (in addition to fee 36 or 33 where applicable)

59.00

(d) 1892 c.23

(e) 1947 c.33.

(f) S.I. 2005/2761

(g) S.I. 1970/1539.

(h) S.I. 2005/2761

Part VII

Searches

Fee

£

36.

Making a search in (in addition to fee 2(a) and 35 where applicable) —

(a)

the consular registers of births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships where the number or date of entry is not provided

59.00

(b)

the records of the Identity and Passport Service where the request originates in the United Kingdom

14.00

(c)

any other records or archives of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom

103.00

(d)

naturalisation or registration records kept by a consular officer

72.00

37.

Having a search made for, or attempting to obtain copies of, or both, entries in the local registers or records of local authorities responsible for births, marriages or overseas relationships or for any other document, irrespective of whether an entry or record or any other document is found or obtained after a period of 18 months (in addition to direct costs exceeding £5.00 if any)

121.00

Part VIII

Nationality and Registration

Fee

£

38.

Administering an oath of British Citizenship under the British Nationality Act 1981(i) at a citizenship ceremony

50.00

39.

Preparing or forwarding, or both, an application for registration or naturalisation to the Home Office

59.00

40.

Preparing or forwarding, or both, any other application requested by any Department of Her Majesty's Government

59.00

41.

Supervising a knowledge of life test for naturalisation under the British Nationality Act 1981 in consular premises

121.00

(i) 1981. c.61.

Part IX

Estates

Fee

£

42.

Administering fully or partly, safeguarding, or arranging the transmission of all or part of the personal effects and other estate of a deceased person or if sold, the proceeds, except for the wages and personal effects of a seaman. Except where the gross current market value is less than £1,000; charge based on the amount of the gross current market value

2% rounded to the nearest £10.00

However where a local lawyer is employed and consular officer's actions are nominal

76.00

Part X

Attendances

Fee

£

43.

Attending (except in connection with trade and investment enquiries) for each hour or part hour. The time taken will include reasonable travelling time from the consular premises and return or out of office hours to the consular or other premises and return —

(a)

at the consular premises or elsewhere during office hours except when attending to supervise an examination for two or more persons sitting examinations at the same time when the fee may be apportioned between them

121.00

(b)

at the consular premises or elsewhere outside office hours

121.00

up to a maximum in any 24 hour period for each consular officer of

870.00

Part XI

Matters Relating to Legal Proceedings

Fee

£

44.

Presiding at the taking of evidence under a commission or order from a Court, including any action by the consular officer as examiner —

(a)

for up to two hours on the first day

241.00

(b)

for each additional hour or part hour

121.00

45.

Providing evidence of service or attempted service (in addition to fee 43 or 46)

121.00

46.

Providing the services of a consular officer or consular employee —

(a)

to assist the consular officer in the taking of evidence under a commission or order from a Court, for each such person —

for each hour or part hour

121.00

(b)

to affect or endeavour to affect service of a document, for each hour or part hour outside the consular premises —

during office hours

121.00

outside office hours

151.00

47.

Forwarding a request to a local authority for the taking of evidence or the service of a document, where necessary, certifying the accuracy of a translation accompanying the document

121.00

Part XII

Repatriation and Financial Assistance

Fee

£

48.

Arranging the repatriation of a person or members of the same family travelling together

121.00

49.

Arranging for currency to be made available against the deposit of funds with Her Majesty's Government by any means (in addition to fee 43 where payable)

61.00

Part XIII

Shipping, Seamen and Related Matters

Fee

£

50.

Granting or considering whether to grant a provisional certificate of registry, whether the owner is a private individual or body corporate

352.00

51.

Receiving a return of the birth or death of any person on board a ship and endorsing the agreement with the crew accordingly

51.00

52.

Examining or arranging for the examination of provisions or water, payable by the party who proves to be in default (in addition to any cost of a survey)

51.00

53.

Noting a marine protest and furnishing one certified copy if required and for each further copy

42.00

54.

Extending a marine protest, filing the original and furnishing one certified copy is required (in addition to fee 1 and 2 where applicable) —

(a)

for up to 200 words, excluding the declaratory clause

101.00

(b)

for every subsequent 100 words or less

42.00

55.

Making a request, or issuing or arranging for the issue of a document, in connection with a survey of a ship (in addition to fee 7 where applicable) —

(a)

for the purposes of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) or of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 as modified by its Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL)

67.00

(b)

for any other purpose

121.00

56.

Issuing a bill of health

42.00

57.

Preparing or signing, or both, any document, whether required by the Merchant Shipping Acts or by the local authorities, relating to the master or the members of the crew of a ship, to their numbers, names or other details, or to their engagement, discharge, desertion or death (except where fee 51 is taken in addition to fee 43, or a death inquiry is held under section 271 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995(k))

67.00

58.

Signing and, if required, sealing any documents at the request of the master of the ship (except where this is required under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, or fee 57 is taken)

67.00

59.

Inspecting —

(a)

a ship's papers when required to enable a consular officer to do any matter or thing in respect of a ship (except where fee 57 is taken in addition to fee 43)

50.00

(b)

the marking of a ship, irrespective of the number of visits (in addition to fee 43)

50.00

(k) 1995 c.21.