2019 08 MAR
We received an email today from the Home Office in connection with fee rise to come into force from 29 March 2019
The legislation was laid in Parliament yesterday (07 March) which sets out several changes to border and immigration fees. Most of these changes will come into effect from 29 March 2019; with changes to the EU Settlement Scheme from 30 March 2019; the fee exception for Afghan Locally Employed Staff from 06 April 2019 and Border Force above-basic services and Fast Track from 01 July 2019.
The UK Government welcomes genuine visitors to the UK, whether they are coming as tourists, on business or to see family and friends. The Home Office continues to process significant numbers of visa, immigration and nationality applications each year. Current forecasts for 2019-20 expect approximately 4.2 million visa applications, from those planning to come to visit, work and study in the UK, contributing significantly to the UK economy and supporting economic growth. The Home Office continues to provide excellent customer service with 98% of all non-settlement visa applications being decided within the standard 15 day processing time.
Careful consideration is given when setting fees in line with the powers set out in the 2014 Immigration Act, to ensure that we are reducing the contribution from UK taxpayers to funding the Border, Immigration and Citizenship systems, whilst continuing to provide and invest in a service that remains attractive to our customers and competitive with other countries.
Nearly all applications for individuals seeking to visit, work or study in the UK are now made online and the application is simple and straightforward to complete.
The key changes are:
Please note - Fees for entry clearance to enter the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, as a visitor, and for the priority visa service, will rise in-line with the same fees charged for applicants coming to the UK.
We are not making any changes to fees under the sponsorship system, which have been held since the last change in April 2015. All other fees are being held at the current rate.
If you are looking for UK Immigration Advice call 02034111261 and speak to Visa and Migration Ltd...