UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has issued a written ministerial statement outlining a proposed hike in visa and in-country application immigration fees.
The proposals, which will almost certainly be implemented, will be laid in Parliament in 2 separate regulations and, subject to Parliamentary approval, the government hopes to bring the new fees into force from 6 April 2012.
Immigration minister, Damian Green said:
‘It is only fair that those who use and benefit from the immigration system contribute a higher share of the cost of running it – reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer.’
Fees will increase by only 2 per cent in the majority of cases, but there will be higher increases on certain routes.
EU migrants, such as Romanian and Bulgarian citizens applying for yellow cards, do not pay fees, but are charged for an appeal against a refusal.
The government recently introduced new fees for immigration and asylum appeals.
If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk
You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!