The UK government has proposed a list of fee changes for visas, immigration, nationality applications and premium services. If parliament approves, the new fees will be implemented from 6th April 2014.
The proposal increases most fees by 4% (including the short-term visit visa). According to the UKBA, these increases will help improve customer service and increase the quality of their premium services. These optional premium services include:
- a 3-5 day priority visa service (£100)
- a priority settlement application service (£300)
- a ‘super priority’ visa service (£600), which shortens the application process
- the creation of new user pay visa application centres (£53)
- appointments outside of office hours (£50)
- passport passback services at additional locations (£40 per applicant).
The proposal also contains some fee reductions and fee changes:
- a reduction in the fee for direct airside transit visas (£40)
- reduction in sponsorship fees for Tier 2 large sponsor licenses and sponsor action plans
- a new Tier 2 shortage occupations fee of £428 for applicants overseas and in the UK
- a new 5-year Tier 2 general/ICT application
- a flat rate fee for nationals of countries that have ratified the 1961 European Social Charter (£55).