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Volume 700: debated on Thursday 20 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether different charges are imposed in different countries for the issue of a United Kingdom visa; and, if so, what are those charges. [HL2453]

All United Kingdom visa application fees fall into the categories set out below. They are standard throughout the world, regardless of the. country in which an application is made.

Visa type

Fee from 1 April 2007



Visit six month




Longer term visit


Work Permit


Other employment




asked Her Majesty's Government:

In which countries applications for a visa have to be made directly to the Embassy; and in which through a third party. [HL2454]

Visa applications have to be made to a visa application centre operated by one of UKvisas' commercial partners (VFS or WorldBridge Services) in the countries listed below. In all other countries, applications have to be made direct to the appropriate British visa-issuing Mission.

Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazhakstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Ukraine, Yemen and Zimbabwe.