The UK Border Agency has launched a public consultation on the fees it charges for its immigration and visa services.
The agency, which is part of the Home Office would like to get people’s views on the fees they should charge for earned citizenship, which will be introduced in 2009, as well as the fee structure in other areas.
Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:
‘I believe that it is fair that those who benefit from using our immigration system should help fund it, and we will continue to use charges to recover part of our costs.
‘This consultation is part of an ongoing process to ensure we can run a modern and efficient system that welcomes legitimate migrants and balances the interests of both the users of the system and the UK taxpayer.
‘Already migrants contribute over £650 million towards our costs. This goes to fund the 25,000 staff who work in local communities, at the border and in 135 countries around the world.’
The consultation is open for 12 weeks, until 1 December 2009. To take part, visit the Charging consultation page.
Fees charged to migrant workers and students renewing their visas have gone up substantially in recent years.
If you want to have your say, now’s your chance.