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Immigration and Nationality Services (Fees)

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

I am today laying regulations on fees for immigration and nationality services.

The Government review the fees on a regular basis and makes appropriate changes as necessary. We have continued with our strategic approach to charging; setting certain fees on the basis of the value of the service as well as cost recovery in a number of areas.

Some fees will continue to be set at or below levels that reflect the administrative costs of the service. These fees must be set out in regulations before both Houses of Parliament and are subject to the negative procedure. Other fees continue to be set at levels above the normal administrative costs of the service. This allows us to generate revenue which is used either to set certain fees below cost recovery or to deliver the Government's wider objectives such as the doubling of resource for enforcement announced in March 2007, and the fund to manage the transitional impacts of migration announced in July 2008. These fees must also be specified in regulations before both Houses, but are subject to the affirmative process.

Today I laid regulations setting the fees charged above cost recovery. I am announcing our proposals for all the immigration and nationality fees we intend to charge during 2009/10 in order that Parliament may consider these regulations in context. For transparency, I have included the estimated unit cost for each route, so that it is clear which fees are set at or below cost recovery and the degree to which certain other routes are not.

Finally, we have also proposed fees for several new processes and services we provided previously free of charge. These new services were specified in the Fees Order laid on the 21 January. The fees for these services will be set in negative regulations. Full details on how to apply for these services will be provided on our website, www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

A full table of fees for 2009-10 is set out at Annex A.

PBS Sponsorship Fees

Current Products

2008-09 Fee (£)

Proposed

Fee 2009-10

(£)

Unit Cost 09/10

Tier 2 Sponsor licence - small business

300

300

858

Tier 2 Sponsor licence - medium/large business

1000

1000

858

Tier 4 Sponsor licence

400

400

858

Tier 5 Sponsor licence

400

400

858

Tier 2 & 4 Sponsor licence - small business

400

400

858

Tier 2 & 4 Sponsor licence -medium/large business

1000

1000

858

Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor licence - small business

400

400

858

Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor licence -medium/large business

1000

1000

858

Tier 4 & 5 Sponsor licence

400

400

858

Tier 2, 4 & 5 Sponsor licence - small business

400

400

858

Tier 2, 4 & 5 Sponsor licence -medium/large business

1000

1000

858

Tier 2 & 4, 5 Licence - Medium/Large Sponsor, where they currently hold Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 Licence

600

600

858

Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 Licence - Small Sponsor, where they currently hold Tier 2 Licence

100

100

858

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

170

170

29

Tier 4 Confirmation of acceptance for Studies

N/A

10

29

Tier 5 Certificate of Sponsorship

10

10

29

Fees for Application Made Outside the UK

Current Products

2008-09 Fee (£)

Proposed

Fee for

2009-10 (£)

Unit Costs 09/10 (£)

Non-PBS Visas

Visitor visa short term

65

67

101

Visitor visa long term (up to 2 yr)

205

215

127

Visitor visa long term (2 to 5 yr)

400

127

Visitor visa long term (5 to 10 yr)

500

127

Settlement visa

515

585

379

Other visa

205

215

126

Direct Airside Transit Visa

45

46

70

Certificate of Entitlement

205

215

126

PBS Visas

Tier 1 (General)

600

675

412

Tier 1 (General/Entrepreneur) (CESC)**

540

615

412

Tier 1 (Investor)

600

675

412

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

600

675

412

Tier 1 (Post Study)

205

265

412

Tier 1 (transition)

200

250

412

Tier 1 (transition) (CESC)

180

230

412

Tier 2

205

265

176

Tier 2 (CESC)

185

245

176

Tier 4

99

145

258

Tier 5

99

125

188

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) (CESC)

90

110

188

*Dependants apply separately for a visa and pay the same fee as the main applicant.

**For certain types of application, we offer a reduced fee to nationals of countries that have ratified the Council of Europe Social Charter (1961) (the CESC), in line with the UK's obligations under this Charter. These countries are Croatia, FYR Macedonia and Turkey.

Fees for Applications Made Inside the UK

Current Products

2008-09 Fee Current Products (£)

Proposed

Fee for

2009/10 (£)

Unit Costs 09/10 (£)

Applications Made in the UK-Outside the Points-Based System

Indefinite Leave to Remain - Postal

750

820*

318

Indefinite Leave to Remain - application made at a Public Enquiry Office (PEO)

950

1020*

278

Indefinite Leave to Remain - Postal (CESC)

N/A

750*

318

Indefinite Leave to Remain - application made at a Public Enquiry Office (PEO) (CESC)

N/A

920*

278

Leave to Remain Non Student - Postal

395

465*

392

Leave to Remain Non Student - PEO

595

665*

286

FLR-IED - Postal

350

400*

230

FLR-IED - PEO

550

600*

250

FLR- BUS

750

800*

247

Certificate of Approval

295

295

402

Transfer of Conditions - Postal

160

165

399

Transfer of Conditions - PEO

500

515

302

Travel Documents Adult CID

210

215

243

Travel Documents Adult CTD

72

72

242

Travel Documents Child CID

130

135

258

Travel Documents Child CTD

46

46

245

Nationality 6(1) Single

575

640*

175

Nationality 6(1) Joint

575

690

221

Nationality 6(2) Others

575

640*

175

Nationality Registration Adult

400

460

175

Nationality Registration Single Minors

400

460

175

Nationality Registration Multiple Minors

400

510**

252

Renunciation of Nationality

385

395

177

Nationality Right of Abode

135

140

176

Re-issued Certificates of Nationality

20

75

182

Replacement BID

30

30

51

PBS Routes - Migrant Inside UK

Tier 1 (General) - Postal

750

820*

247

Tier 1 (General) - PEO

950

1020*

249

Tier 1 (General / Entrepreneur) - Postal (CESC)

N/A

750*

247

Tier 1 (General) - PEO (CESC)

N/A

920*

249

Tier 1 (Investor) - Postal

750

820*

247

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) - Postal

750

820*

247

Tier 1 (Post Study) - Postal

400

500*

247

Tier 1 (Post Study) - PEO

600

700*

260

Tier 1 (Transition) - Postal

350

400*

247

Tier 1 (Transition) - PEO

550

600*

249

Tier 2 - Postal

400

465*

230

Tier 2 - PEO

600

665*

250

Tier 2 - Postal (CESC)

N/A

425*

230

Tier 2 - PEO (CESC)

N/A

605*

250

Tier 4 - Postal

295

357*

357

Tier 4 - PEO

500

565*

373

Tier 5 - Postal

100

125

230

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) - PEO

500

515

250

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) - Postal (CESC)

N/A

110

230

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) - PEO (CESC)

N/A

460

250

*An additional £50 for each dependant applied for at the same time is also payable.

**After the first two minors, an additional £50 per extra child included on the application form is also payable.

NEW PRODUCTS

NOTES

2008-09 Fee (£)

Proposed

Fee for

2009/10

(£)

Unit

Costs

09/10 (£)

International

Vignette Transfer Fee

Transfer visa vignette between passports

0

75

75

In UK

Status Letters (Nationality)

Formal letter confirming applicants current status in the UK as a person who has acquired British Nationality. £75 (fee needs to be the same for duplicate certificate +based on costs

0

75

87

Non-Acquisition

Letters

(Nationality)

Formal letter confirming that a person has not acquired British Nationality

0

75

87

Status Letters (Immigration)

Formal letter confirming applicants current immigration status in the UK. £75 (fee needs to be the same for duplicate certificate + based on costs)

0

75

87

Call out/Out of hours fee

E.g. Capture of biometric data away from a UKBA public enquiry office. Currently offered at certain locations overseas. Optional service offered by prior appointment only. Same under cost fee as is currently charged for overseas service.

N/A

£128 per hour up to

a

maximum

of £922 a

day

£134/hour

Work Permit Technical Changes

Application for an employer to amend personal details of an employee on a work permit, or to make minor changes to the information UKBA holds. For example, a technical change could be a change of name on marriage, change of your business address, or where both the employee and the specific job they were approved for, move location.

0

20

230