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Charging for Immigration and Nationality Services 2011-12

Volume 524: debated on Monday 28 February 2011

I am announcing proposals to change the fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the UK Border Agency. The Government review these fees on a regular basis and make appropriate changes as necessary. I will shortly lay regulations for fees that are set at levels above the normal administrative costs of the service. We have continued with our strategic approach to charging setting certain fees above cost on the basis of the value of the service.

These fees must be set out in regulations before both Houses of Parliament and are subject to the affirmative procedure. The fees allow us to generate revenue which is used to fund the UK immigration system and to set certain fees below cost recovery to support wider Government objectives. The revenue generated will contribute towards securing our borders and controlling migration for the benefit of the UK. I will lay another set of regulations in Parliament for the fees for immigration and nationality services that are set at/below the cost of the service.

A table with details of all the proposed increases is set out at annex A. The table includes indicative unit costs for each application for FY 11/12. The unit cost is the estimated average cost to UK Border Agency of processing each application. Although our unit costs are not fixed over the course of the financial year, we publish unit costs so it is clear which fees we set over cost and by how much. Further details of all fees changes will be outlined in the explanatory memoranda accompanying both the regulations.

Given the need to reduce public spending, we have had to carefully consider our fee levels, to ensure we can maintain good service levels to our customers and secure the border for the general public. In principle it is the right time to ask migrants to make a greater contribution to funding the UK Border Agency than was previously the case. Therefore we should continue to seek a shift in the funding provided by migrants to deliver the border and immigration system with a consequent reduction in the burden on UK taxpayers.

In developing these proposals, we have sought to limit increases so as to avoid any broader economic impact (particularly on the most economically sensitive route of all, short-term visit visas).

I believe these 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.

Annex A

Out of Country

Visa – Non PBS (New Products*)

Unit Costs April 2011

Current Fees Oct/Nov

2010

Proposed Fees April 2011

Visit visa – short

£140

£70

£76

Visit visa - long 2 year

£140

£245

£265

Visit visa - long 5 year

£140

£450

£486

Visit visa - long 10 year

£140

£650

£702

Short Term Student <12 Months Visa

£140

£70

£140

Settlement

£391

£750

£810

Settlement - Dependant Relative

£458

£1,680

£1,814

Certificate of Entitlement

£355

£245

£265

Other Visa

£163

£245

£265

Transit Visa

£73

£47

£51

Vignette Transfer Fee

£163

£93

£100

Call Out/Out of Hours Fee

£134/hr

130/hr max £939/day

£130/hr

*Forwarding documents to Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories (additional fee)

n/a

£65

£70

*Handling applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories

n/a

£48

£50

*Single entry visa to Replace Biometric Residence Permit Overseas

£70

n/a

£70

Visa – PBS (New Products*)

Unit Costs April 2011

Current Fees Oct/Nov 2010

Proposed Fees April 2011

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exceptional Talent) - Main Apps

£432

£750

£800

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exceptional Talent) - Dependants

£432

£750

£800

Tier 1 CESC - Main Apps

£432

£700

£720

Tier 1 CESC - Dependants

£432

£700

£800

Tier 1 (Transition)

n/a

£332

£332

Tier 1 (Transition) CESC

n/a

£300

£300

Tier 1 Post Study - Main

£459

£344

£474

Tier 1 Post Study - Dependants

£459

£344

£474

Tier 2 Gen, Sport & MOR - Main Apps

£250

£350

£400

Tier 2 Gen, Sport & MOR - Dependants

£250

£350

£400

*Tier 2 ICT <12Mths - Main Apps & Dependants

£227

n/a

£350

*Tier 2 ICT <12Mths - CESC Main Applicant

£227

n/a

£315

Tier 2 CESC - Main Apps

£250

£300

£360

Tier 2 CESC - Dependants

£250

£300

£400

Tier 4 - Main Apps

£289

£220

£255

Tier 4 - Dependants

£289

£220

£255

Tier 5 Temp Work & YM

£206

£130

£190

Tier 5 CESC

£206

£120

£171

Tier 5 CESC - Dependants

£206

£130

£190

N.B. CESC = Council of Europe Social Charter reduction

Applications to the Channel Islands under Employment and Study routes attract Tier 2 & Tier 4 fees and costs respectively.

In Country

Nationality (New Products*)

Unit Costs April 2011

Current Fees Oct/Nov 2010

Proposed Fees

April 2011

Naturalisation (UK Citizenship) Single1

£238

£780

£836

Naturalisation (UK Citizenship) Joint 1

£319

£1,010

£1,294

Naturalisation (UK Citizenship) Spouse 1

£238

£780

£836

Nationality Registration Adult 1

£238

£580

£620

Nationality Registration Minor2

£238

£500

£540

Nationality Registration Multiple Minor Main 2

£319

£600

£810

Nationality Registration Multiple Minor Dependant 2

£238

£150

£270

Renunciation of Nationality

£238

£208

£225

Nationality Reissued Certificate

£88

£80

£86

Nationality Right of Abode

£162

£150

£162

Nationality Reconsiderations

£88

£100

£80

Status Letter (Nationality)

£88

£80

£86

Non-Acquisition Letter (Nationality)

£88

£80

£86

*Nationality Correction to Certificate

£88

n/a

£86

1Additional £80 per applicant is included to cover the ceremony fee.

2Additional £80 per applicant is required to cover the ceremony fee should the minor turn 18 during the application process. This will be requested at point of decision.

In UK - Non PBS (New products*)

Unit Costs April 2011

Current Fees

Oct/Nov 2010

Proposed Fees

April 2011

ILR Postal Main

£243

£900

£972

1 ILR Postal Dependant

£243

£250

£486

ILR Postal CESC Main

£243

£850

£875

ILR Postal CESC Dependant

£243

£250

£486

ILR PEO Main

£243

£1,250

£1,350

ILR PEO Dependant

£243

£350

£675

ILR PEO CESC Main

£243

£1,100

£1,215

ILR PEO CESC Dependant

£243

£300

£675

ILR Dependant Relative Postal

£299

£1,680

£1,814

ILR Dependant Relative PEO

£299

£2,050

£2,214

LTR Non Student Postal Main

£418

£500

£550

LTR Non Student Postal Dependant

£418

£150

£275

LTR Non Student PEO Main

£419

£800

£850

LTR Non Student PEO Dependant

£419

£200

£425

Transfer of Conditions Postal Main

£219

£200

£216

Transfer of Conditions Postal Dependant

£219

£50

£108

Transfer of Conditions PEO Main

£219

£600

£648

Transfer of Conditions PEO Dependant

£219

£150

£324

Travel Documents Adult (CoT)

£241

£220

£238

Travel Documents Adult CTD

£241

£77.50

£77.50

Travel Documents Child (CoT)

£152

£138

£149

Travel Documents Child CTD

£152

£49

£49

Replacement Biometric Residence Permit

£37

£30

£37

Mobile Case working (Premium+)

£2,211

£15,000

£6,000 + PEO

Fee

Call Out/Out of Hours Fee

£134/hr

£130/hr max £939/day

£130/hr

Work Permit Technical Changes

£123

£20

£22

Residual FLR IED Postal - Main

£246

£500

£550

Residual FLR IED Postal - Dependants

£238

£150

£275

Residual FLR IED PEO-Main

£148

£800

£850

Residual FLR IED PEO - Dependants

£148

£200

£425

Residual FLR BUS Postal - Main

£148

£850

£1,000

Residual FLR BUS Postal - Dependants

£148

£250

£500

Employment LTR outside PBS Postal

£362

£500

£550

Employment LTR outside PBS Postal Dependant

£362

£150

£275

Employment LTR outside PBS PEO

£303

£800

£850

Employment LTR outside PBS PEO Dependant

£303

£200

£425

*Additional Out of Hours Caseworking1 - PEO Main

n/a

n/a

£300

*Additional Out of Hours Caseworking1 - PEO Dependant

n/a

n/a

£150

*EEA Applications at PEO (per person)

n/a

n/a

£300

1Out of hours caseworking fee payable on top of standard PEO fee

CESC = Council of Europe Social Charter reduction

LTR = Leave to Remain

PEO = Public Enquiry Office

ILR = Indefinite Leave to Remain

In UK - PBS(New products*)

Unit Costs

April 2011

Current Fees

Oct/Nov 2010

Proposed Fees

April 2011

Tier 1 - Postal Main

£269

£850

£1,000

Tier 1 - Postal Dependant

£269

£250

£500

Tier 1 - Postal CESC Main

£269

£770

£900

Tier 1 - Postal CESC Dependant

£269

£250

£500

Tier 1 - PEO Main

£253

£1,150

£1,300

Tier 1 - PEO Dependant

£253

£300

£650

Tier 1 - PEO CESC Main

£253

£1,000

£1,170

Tier 1 - PEO CESC Dependant

£253

£300

£650

Tier 1 - (Post Study) - Postal Main

£337

£550

£594

Tier 1 - (Post Study) - Postal Dependant

£337

£150

£297

Tier 1 - (Post Study) - PEO Main

£337

£850

£918

Tier 1 - (Post Study) - PEO Dependant

£337

£250

£459

Tier 1 - Transition Postal Main

n/a

£500

£500

Tier 1 - Transition Postal Dependant

n/a

£150

£250

Tier 1 - Transition PEO Main

n/a

£700

£700

Tier 1 - Transition PEO Dependant

n/a

£200

£350

Tier 2 - Postal Main

£169

£500

£550

Tier 2 - Postal Dependant

£169

£150

£275

Tier 2 - Postal CESC Main

£155

£450

£495

Tier 2 - Postal CESC Dependant

£155

£150

£275

Tier 2 - PEO Main

£169

£800

£850

Tier 2 - PEO Dependant

£169

£200

£425

Tier 2 - PEO CESC Main

£169

£700

£765

Tier 2 - PEO CESC Dependant

£169

£200

£425

*Tier 2 - Postal Main (ICT <12 months)

£169

n/a

£350

*Tier 2 - Postal Dependants (ICT <12 months)

£169

n/a

£175

*Tier 2 - PEO Main (ICT <12 months)

£169

n/a

£650

*Tier 2 - PEO Dependants (ICT <12 months)

£169

n/a

£325

*Tier 2 - Postal CESC Main (ICT <12 months)

£155

n/a

£315

*Tier 2 - PEO CESC Main (ICT <12 months)

£169

n/a

£585

Tier 4 - Postal Main

£316

£357

£386

Tier 4 - Postal Dependant

£316

£100

£193

Tier 4 - PEO Main

£316

£650

£702

Tier 4 - PEO Dependant

£316

£150

£351

Tier 5 - Postal Main

£235

£130

£190

Tier 5 - Postal Dependant

£235

£30

£95

Tier 5 - Postal CESC Main

£235

£120

£171

Tier 5 - Postal CESC Dependant

£235

£30

£95

Tier 5 - PEO Main

£240

£600

£648

Tier 5 - PEO Dependant

£240

£150

£324

Tier 5 - PEO CESC Main

£240

£550

£583

Tier 5 - PEO CESC Dependant

£240

£150

£324

PBS Dependants Applying Separately - Postal

£418

£500

£550

PBS Dependants Applying Separately - PEO

£419

£800

£850

*Tier 4 - Permission to Change Course1

£160

n/a

£160

N.B. CESC - Council of Europe Social Charter reduction

1Only for migrants that applied to UKBA for permission to study between 31 March and 4 October 2009

PBS Sponsorship

Unit Costs

April 2011

Current Fees

Nov 2010

Proposed Fees

April 2011

Tier 2 Large Sponsor Licence

£1,007

£1,000

£1,025

Tier 2 Small Sponsor Licence

£1,007

£300

£310

Tier 4 Sponsor Licence

£1,007

£400

£410

Tier 5 Sponsor Licence

£1,007

£400

£410

Tier 2, Tier 4 &/or Tier 5 Licence (where sponsor currently holds T4 or T5 licence)

£1,007

£600

£615

Highly Trusted Sponsor Licence

£1,007

£400

£410

Sponsor Action Plan

£1,007

£1,000

£1,000

Tier 2 COS

£172

£170

£175

Tier 5 COS

£15

£10

£10

Tier 4 CAS

£15

£10

£10