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Consular Fees

Volume 718: debated on Tuesday 30 March 2010

Statement

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Chris Bryant) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently undertaken a review of the fees charged for visa and consular services, both in the UK and overseas. On 10 February 2010, Her Majesty in Council approved the Consular Fees Order 2010. This revokes and replaces the Consular Fees Order 2009. The Government are today announcing changes to the consular fees to be charged under this order with effect from 6 April 2010.

Fees for passport applications made in the United Kingdom remain at current levels whereas the fees for passport applications made abroad including applications for temporary and emergency passports and the new emergency travel documents have increased by 2.90 per cent, which is the current rate of inflation.

The fees for legalisation services have also increased in line with inflation.

Fees for receiving applications for entry clearance to Commonwealth countries, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies continue to be charged in the order and have increased since last year. These fees are “Home Office fees” and are approved by the Home Office Minister but are still contained within the Consular Fees Order.

Other consular fees, representing a range of services performed at posts abroad, are also set to increase by 2.90 per cent.

It is right that those who benefit from consular services should meet the cost of them, rather than the UK taxpayer. The new fees represent the full economic cost of what we do, and will ensure that British missions continue to provide a high standard of service to consular customers.

The new fees are included in the attached table.

PART I—LEGALISATION

£

1. Legalising a signature or seal except where—

(a) the signature or seal is on a certificate or survey of foreign passenger ships running to or from the United Kingdom, or

(b) the signature or seal is on a document needed to pay money into or withdraw money from any British Post Office or other Government Savings Bank, or

(c) the signature or seal is in connection with stocks or bonds on the registers of the Post Office, with Savings Bank annuities or with annuities granted direct by the National Debt Commissioners—

(i) Standard service, unless fee 1(ii) applies (in addition to direct costs if any)

28.80

(ii) Standard service where the request for the service is made outside of the United Kingdom but processing is carried out in whole or in part within the United Kingdom (in addition to direct costs if any)

38.00

(iii) Premium service (in addition to direct costs if any)

71

2. Obtaining a legalisation or other certification from another authority upon any document (in addition to direct costs if any)

46.30

PART II—NOTARIAL AND RELATED MATTERS

£

3. Preparing any certificate, declaration or document not listed elsewhere in this Schedule —

(a) in English

46.30

(b) in any other language

73.00

4. Preparing or signing, or both, a declaration of existence—Except in connection with pay or pensions payable by a department of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom, or the Government of any other Commonwealth country

17.40

5. Administering an oath or attesting the signature on a declaration or affirmation except where —

(a) the oath, declaration or affirmation is made under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 or in connection with the loss of a passport

(b) fee 16, 17, 18, 29, 30, 31, 34, 40, 45, or 46 is to be taken

54.50

6. Supplying witnesses, for each witness

21.60

7. Initialling alterations in any document that has not been prepared by the consular officer or marking exhibits, for each initialling or marking

11.30

8. Making a copy of a document by electronic means or verifying a copy of a document (including certifying when necessary), for each page (with a minimum charge of £25.50)

5.10

9. Uniting documents and sealing the fastening (except where fee 46 is applicable)

21.60

10. Fixing a photograph to a document that has not been prepared by the consular officer, and, if necessary, certifying it as a true likeness of the photograph subject (except where fee 16,17, or 18 is applicable)

21.60

11. Supplying certified copies of documents which form part of the records of a court which is, or was formerly, established under the Foreign Jurisdiction Acts 1890 and 1913, for each page

64.80

12. Making or verifying (including certifying if necessary) a written translation, for every 100 words or characters written in the foreign language (except where fee 33, 34 or 48 is to be taken)—

(a) from or into Amharic, Chinese, Japanese or Korean (three Japanese Kana count as one character when used independently)

73.00

(b) from or into any other language

46.30

13. Translating and interpreting viva voce except in performance of official duties, for every 15 minutes

32.90

PART III—PASSPORT APPLICATIONS MADE TO THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE

£

14. Administering an application made abroad, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost or stolen passport and, if the application is successful, providing a 32 page passport—

(a) where the applicant is aged 16 years or over (in addition to direct costs if any)

128.00

(b) where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) (in addition to direct costs if any)

81.50

15. Administering an application made abroad, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost or stolen passport and, if the application is successful, providing a 48 page passport (in addition to direct costs if any)

154.40

16. Administering an application made abroad and, if the application is successful, providing an Emergency Passport

71.00

17. Administering an application made abroad and, if the application is successful, providing a Temporary Passport valid for not more than one year

91.50

18. Administering an application made abroad and, if the application is successful, providing an Emergency Travel Document

91.50

PART IV—PASSPORT APPLICATIONS MADE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

£

19. Administering an application made in the United Kingdom, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost or stolen passport and, if the application is successful, issuing a 32 page passport—

(a) for applications made by post—

(i) where the applicant is aged 16 years and over

77.50

(ii) where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years)

49.00

(b) for applications made in person

(i) where the applicant is aged 16 years or over using the fast-track service

112.50

(ii) where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) using the fast-track service

96.50

(iii) where the applicant is aged 16 years or over using the fast-track collect service

124.50

(iv) where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) using the fast-track collect service

106.50

(v) where the applicant is aged 16 years or over using the premium service

(vi) where the applicant is under 16 years old (for a passport valid for 5 years) using the premium service

109.50

20. Administering an application made in the United Kingdom, including applications for replacing an expired passport, replacing a passport of restricted validity with a new passport of full validity, issuing a new passport with amended personal details and replacing a lost and stolen passport and, if the application is successful, issuing a 48 page passport—

(a) for applications made by post

90.50

(b) for applications made in person—

(i) using the fast-track service

120.50

(ii) using the fast-track collect service

124.50

(iii) using the premium service

138.50

21. Administering an application made in the United Kingdom and, if the application is successful, issuing a collective passport—

(a) for applications made by post

39.00

(b) for applications made in person

54.00

PART V—OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO TRAVEL OR ENTRY INTO THE UK, COMMONWEALTH, OVERSEAS TERRITORIES, CROWN DEPENDENCIES AND LIBYA

£

22. Preparing or forwarding, or both, any letter, certificate, declaration or other document which may be required by an authority in any country or territory in connection with an application for or the issue or renewal of an entry clearance (for a country or territory for which the consular officer does not himself have authority to issue entry clearance), a residence permit or identity card or forwarding any other certificate or document (except a Home Office travel document and applications for registration and naturalisation)

65.00

23. Renewing a Travel Certificate, a certificate of identity or other travel document on behalf of a Commonwealth country or of a dependency of a Commonwealth country (except where fee 25 is to be taken)

64.80

24. Renewing a Travel Certificate, a certificate of identity or other travel document on behalf of a Crown Dependency or a British overseas territory (except where fee 25 is to be taken)

64.80

25. Revalidating or renewing a Seaman’s Certificate of Nationality

and Identity or a Seaman’s Identity Book (in addition to fee 22 where applicable)

64.80

26. Providing a passport stamp setting out the format of an Arabic transcript of the passport’s details page, as required by the Libyan authorities for entry into Libya .

11.30

27. Receiving an application for entry clearance to a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory

48.00

28. Receiving, outside the United Kingdom, an application for—

(a) entry clearance to the Crown Dependencies—

(i) as a visitor, for single, double and multiple entries valid—

(aa) for up to six months from the date of issue

68.00

(bb) for between six months and up to two years from the date of issue

230.00

(cc) for between two years and up to five years from the date of issue

420.00

(dd) for between five years and up to 10 years from the date of issue

610.00

(ii) for settlement

644.00

(iii) as a student

199.00

(iv) as a work permit holder, unless (v) below applies .

270.00

(v) as a work permit holder where the application is in respect of a person who is a national of a State which has ratified the Council of Europe Social Charter

250.00

(vi) as a temporary or voluntary worker unless (vii) below applies

128.00

(vii) as a temporary or voluntary worker where the application is in respect of a person who is a national of a State which has ratified the Council of Europe Social Charter

112.00

for any purpose other than those listed in subparagraphs (i) to (vii) above

230.00

(b) a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in the Crown Dependencies

220.00

PART VI—BIRTHS, DEATHS, MARRIAGES AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

£

29. Receiving notice of an intended marriage, civil partnership or overseas relationship, including an application for a Nulla Osta

64.80

30. Solemnising or attending a marriage under the Foreign Marriage Acts 1892 and 1947: administering oaths to the parties and registering the marriage

137.80

31. Registering a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership (Registration Abroad and Certificates) Order 2005

137.80

32. Issuing in English or in the local language a certificate that no impediment to an intended marriage or civil partnership has been shown to exist or issuing a “certificate de coutume” or a Nulla Osta for an intended marriage or intended overseas relationship in accordance with local law

64.80

33. Forwarding a record of a marriage under the local law to the appropriate Registrar General in accordance with the Foreign Marriage Order 1970, including the provision of any necessary certification

37.00

34. Forwarding a record of an overseas relationship to the appropriate Registrar General in accordance with the Civil Partnership (Registration Abroad and Certificates) Order 2005, including any necessary certification

37.00

35. Administering an application for the registry of a birth or a death (in addition to fee 37 where applicable)

100.80

36. Making an addition to or correction in the consular register of births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships at the request of the parties concerned

37.00

37. Issuing a certified copy of an entry in the consular register of births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships (in addition to fee 38 or 35 where applicable)

64.80

PART VII—SEARCHES

£

38. Making a search in (in addition to fee 3(a) and 37 where applicable)—

(a) the consular registers of births, deaths, marriages or civil partnerships where the number or date of entry is not provided

64.80

(b) the records of the Identity and Passport Service where the request originates in the United Kingdom

15.40

(c) any other records or archives of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom

112.10

(d) naturalisation, registration or renunciation records kept by a consular officer .

78.20

39. Having a search made for, or attempting to obtain copies of, or both, entries in the local registers or records of local authorities responsible for births, marriages or overseas relationships or any other document, irrespective of whether an entry or record or any other document is found or obtained after a period of 18 months (in addition to direct costs exceeding £5.00 if any)

131.70

PART VIII—NATIONALITY AND REGISTRATION

£

40. Administering an oath of British Citizenship under the British Nationality Act 1981 at a citizenship ceremony

82.30

41. Preparing or forwarding, or both, an application for registration, naturalisation or renunciation to the Home Office, or any other application requested by any Department of Her Majesty’s Government to that Department

64.80

42. Supervising a knowledge of life test for naturalisation under the British Nationality Act 1981 in consular premises

131.70

PART IX—ESTATES

£

43. Administering fully or partly, safeguarding, or arranging the transmission of all or part of the personal effects and other estate of a deceased person or if sold, the proceeds, except for the wages and personal effects of a seaman. Except where the gross current market value is less than £1,000; charge based on the amount of the gross current market value

2.05 per cent rounded to the nearest £10.00

However where a local lawyer is employed and consular officer’s actions are nominal

83.30

PART X—ATTENDANCES

£

44. Attending (except in connection with trade and investment enquiries) for each hour or part hour (the time taken will include reasonable travelling time to and from the location)

(a) at the consular premises or elsewhere during office hours except when attending to supervise an examination for two or more persons sitting examinations at the same time when the fee may be apportioned between them

130.00

(b) at the consular premises or elsewhere outside office hours

131.70

up to a maximum in any 24 hour period for each consular officer of

939.00

PART XI—MATTERS RELATING TO LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

£

45. Presiding at the taking of evidence under a commission or order from a Court, including any action by the consular officer as examiner—

(a) for up to two hours on the first day

262.40

(b) for each additional hour or part hour

131.70

46. Providing evidence of service or attempted service (in addition to fee 44 or 47)

131.70

47. Providing the services of a consular officer or consular employee—

(a) to assist the consular officer in the taking of evidence under a commission or order from a Court, for each such person—

for each hour or part hour

131.70

(b) to affect or try to affect service of a document, for each hour or part hour outside the consular premises—

during office hours

131.70

outside office hours

163.00

48. Forwarding a request to a local authority for the taking of evidence or the service of a document and, where necessary, certifying the accuracy of a translation accompanying the document

131.70

PART XII—REPATRIATION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

49. Arranging the repatriation of a person or members of the same family travelling together

131.70

50. Arranging, in exceptional circumstances, for currency to be made available against the deposit of funds with Her Majesty’s Government by any means (in addition to fee 44 where payable). The fee will depend on the value of the deposit as follows:

(a) £0-£50

8.20

(b) £51-£100

16.40

(c) £101-£500

32.90

(d) £501-£1500

76.10

(e) >£1500

92.60

PART XIII—SHIPPING, SEAMEN AND RELATED MATTERS

£

51. Granting or considering whether to grant a provisional certificate of registry, whether the owner is a private individual or body corporate

383.80

52. Receiving a return of the birth or death of any person on board a ship and endorsing the agreement with the crew accordingly

55.50

53. Examining or arranging for the examination of provisions or water, payable by the party who proves to be in default (in addition to any cost of a survey) .

55.50

54. Noting a marine protest and providing one certified copy if required and for each further copy

46.30

55. Extending a marine protest, filing the original and providing one certified copy if required (in addition to fee 1 and 3 where applicable)—

(a) for up to 200 words, excluding the declaratory clause

110.10

(b) for every subsequent 100 words or less

46.30

56. Making a request, or issuing or arranging for the issue of a document, in connection with a survey of a ship (in addition to fee 8 where applicable)—

(a) for the purposes of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) or of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 as modified by its Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL)

73.00

(b) for any other purpose

131.70

57. Issuing a bill of health

46.30

58. Preparing or signing, or both, any document, whether required by the Merchant Shipping Acts or by the local authorities, relating to the master or the members of the crew of a ship, to their numbers, names or other details, or to their engagement, discharge, desertion or death (except where fee 52 is taken in addition to fee 44, or a death inquiry is held under section 271 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995(k)

73.00

59. Signing and, if necessary, sealing any documents at the request of the master of the ship (except where this is required under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, or fee 58 is taken)

73.00

60. Inspecting—

(a) a ship’s papers when required to enable a consular officer to do any matter or thing in respect of a ship (except where fee 58 is taken in addition to fee 44)

54.50

(b) the marking of a ship, irrespective of the number of visits (in addition to fee 44)

54.50

PART XIV—PAYMENTS USING CREDIT CARDS

£

61. Receiving payments by credit card on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government where no other fee is chargeable under this Order.

The applicable fee will be equal to the credit card charges incurred.