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Identity Cards: Foreigners

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department plans to charge foreign nationals who (a) require and (b) do not require a visa for an identity card in each of the next five years. (243297)

The current fee for an application for a foreign national identity card made separately from an immigration application (e.g. for damaged or lost cards) for non-EEA nationals is £30. There is no additional charge for a foreign national identity card issued as part of a visa application made by a non-EEA national. The cost of making a visa application to enter the UK varies from category to category.

It is intended that the fee for an identity card issued to UK and EEA nationals in 2009-10 will be £30.

We review fees annually to ensure that they continue to contribute to the costs of an application. Fees for future years have not yet been set.