The UK Border Agency has announced a steep hike in fees for migrants effective 6 April 2009.
The following announcement is published on the UK Border Agency website:
“Following Parliamentary approval, the new immigration fees announced on 12 February 2009 will be introduced from Monday 6 April 2009 for all those applying to visit, work in or stay in the United Kingdom.
Fees for studying in the United Kingdom under the new tier 4 of the points-based system came into force on 31 March 2009.”
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) postal leaps almost 10% to a whopping £820 and the Public Enquiry Office (PEO) will be rising to a hefty £1020.
Leave to Remain fees for non student jumps from £395 to £465 for postal – an inflation busting 18% hike. PEO fees will rise almost 10% to £600.
Tier 4 visa fees will now set students back £145 a rise of almost 50%, and Tier 2 will now cost £265.
Further Leave to Remain (FLR) goes up by nearly 15% to £400 for postal applications, and will cost £600 for PEO applications.
The full list of new fees can be found on the UK Border Agency website.
A number of new immigration application forms are again being revised from Monday 6 April 2009 and you are advised to check the appropriate websites before applying.
The UK Border Agency is a business, and like any other business it has a business plan and targets. Unlike most other businesses, the UK Border Agency has no competitors and is a monopoly. It has a captive customer base with no choice but to stump up whatever the agency demands.
The Government is right to cover the cost of processing applications, but it should also be remembered that students, Investors and working migrants bring huge benefits to the UK and billions of pounds in direct revenue.
In a low inflationary economy it is difficult to see how the level of fee increases can be justified.
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