Phil Woolas, Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, has laid regulations in Parliament for the fees for immigration and nationality services that are set at levels above the normal administrative costs of the service, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced this week.
The fees are published today alongside these regulations. Government proposals for the fees that are set below cost will be published when the lay ‘negative regulations’ in February 2010.
The announcement continues:
‘The Government reviews the fees on a regular basis and makes appropriate changes as necessary. We have continued with our strategic approach to charging; setting certain fees above cost, by balancing a number of complex factors including the cost of processing applications, the importance of attracting certain groups of migrants to the UK and the value of a successful application to the migrant.’
Details of the proposed fees are set out in a written ministerial statement by Phil Woolas, which you can download http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/news/wms-charging-imm-nat-services.