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Immigration and Nationality Services

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

On 20 January 2010 I laid the regulations that set fees for immigration and nationality services that are above the normal administrative cost of providing the service. I am today laying regulations for fees that are set at or below the cost of processing. The Government review the fees on a regular basis and make appropriate changes as necessary.

These fees are set out in regulations and are subject to the negative procedure. The fees contained in these regulations are set at, or below the administrative cost of an application or process, in line with the Government’s charging model. By charging below the administrative cost of delivery on the application types referred to in this instrument, the UK Border Agency is able to support wider Government objectives, particularly where it is believed that a cost recovery fee would be so high as to damage international competitiveness in this area, (e.g. for short term visit visa applications, tier 5 temporary work applications). To help enable this, the UK Border Agency sets fees for other application types above the cost of delivery. For transparency, I have included the estimated unit cost for each route, so that it is clear the degree to which certain routes are set at or below cost.

We have succeeded in limiting the extent of our general increases by taking a more targeted approach to fees adjustment which is consistent with both the UK Border Agency’s strategic charging principles, and also with broader Government objectives. We have made amendments to the tier 4 (student) visa fee, introduced a fee for sponsor action plans and we have proposed a nominal 10 per cent. fee for all applications for UK-based dependants to reflect the fact that each individual brings a processing cost to us. Finally, we will continue to generate revenue to fund the transitional impacts of migration. The migration impacts fund has played a vital role in helping ease the pressures on certain communities. Full details of all fees changes are outlined in the explanatory memorandum accompanying these regulations.

I believe our proposals continue to strike the right balance between maintaining secure and effective border controls and ensuring that our fees structure does not inhibit the UK’s ability to attract those migrants and visitors who make a valued contribution. It is right that those who benefit directly from the immigration system should pay to meet the costs of securing the UK’s borders. This will help to support the immigration system, maintain public confidence, and ensure that migration is managed for the benefit of the UK.

Full details on how to apply for all of these services will be provided on our website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

The table below details fees for 2010-11 for immigration and nationality services that are set at or below the normal administrative costs of the service.

Visa Fees

Products

2009-10 Fees (£)

Estimated Unit Cost for 2010-11

Proposed Fee for 2010-11

Non PBS Visas

Short term visitor visa

67

140

68

Transit Visa

46

94

47

Certificate of Entitlement

215

244

220

Vignette Transfer Fee

75

93

75

Call out/out of hours fee

£128 per hour up to a max of £922 a day

134/hr

130/hour up to a max of £939 a day

PBS Visas

T1 (Post Study) *

265

344

315

T1 (Transition)

250

332

256

T1 (Transition) CESC

230

332

235

T4 **

145

242

199

T5

125

173

128

T5 (CESC)

110

173

112

* The fees for these applications include a contribution of £50 per person to the migration impacts fund.

** The fees for T4 applications include a contribution of £20 per person to the migration impacts fund.

In UK - Leave To Remain And Nationality Fees

Products

2009-10 Fees (£)

Estimated Unit Cost for 2010-11

Proposed Fee for 2010-11

Dependents Fee

Non PBS Routes - Migrants Inside UK

Certificate of Approval (Fee not charged)

295

318

0

0

Transfer of Conditions Postal

165

381

169

16

Travel Documents Adult (CoT)

215

246

220

N/A

Travel Documents Adult CTD

72

246

77.5

N/A

Travel Documents Child (CoT)

135

231

138

N/A

Travel Documents Child CTD

46

255

49

N/A

Replacement BID

30

35

30

N/A

Call out/out of hours fee

£128/hour up to a max of £922/day

134/hr

130/hour up to a max of £939/day

N/A

Work Permit Technical Changes

20

116

20

N/A

Nationality applications- Migrants Inside UK

Renunciation of Nationality

395

208

208

N/A

Nationality Right of Abode

140

149

143

N/A

Re-issued Certificates of Nationality

75

178

76

N/A

Nationality Reconsideration Fee

0

100

100

N/A

Status Letter (Nationality)

75

107

76

N/A

Non Acquisition Letter (Nationality)

75

107

76

N/A

Status Letter (Immigration)

75

107

76

N/A

In-UK PBS Fees

Products

2009-10 Fees(£)

EstimatedUnit Cost for 2010-11

Proposed Fee for 2010-11

Dependents Fee

PBS – Migrants Inside UK

T4 - Postal *

357

357

357

80

T5 – Postal

125

359

128

12

T5 CESC Postal

110

380

112

11

* The fees for these applications include a contribution of £50 per person to the migration impacts fund.

PBS Sponsorship Fees

Products

2009-10 Fees (£)

Estimated Unit Cost for 2010-11

Proposed Fee for 2010-11

PBS Sponsorship Fees

T2 Sponsor licence - small business

300

880

300

T4 Sponsor licence

400

950

400

T5 Sponsor licence

400

880

400

T2 & 4 Sponsor licence - small business

400

950

400

T2 & 5 Sponsor licence - small business

400

880

400

T4 & 5 Sponsor licence

400

950

400

T2, 4 & 5 Sponsor licence - small business

400

950

400

T2 & T4, T5 Licence - Medium/Large Sponsor, where they currently hold T4 &/or T5 Licence

600

950

600

T4 &/or T5 Licence - Small Sponsor, where they currently hold T2 Licence

100

950

100

T4 Certificate of Acceptance of Studies

10

25

10

T5 Certificate of Sponsorship

10

25

10

Sponsorship Action Plans

0

600

600