Changes to visa fees from 04 October 2023:
In an unsurprising change to the immigration world, the Home Office is about to increase the fees they charge for those wishing to obtain a visa. Now, we all know that inflation is a very real thing that the whole world is experiencing, let alone the UK. However, some of these figures are truthfully mind-boggling.
Why the increase?
Well, the explanation is as follows:
“ increases to immigration and nationality fees to pay for vital services and allow more funding to be prioritised for public sector pay rises “
Without becoming overly financial and forgetting the purpose of this piece, it seems a tad strange to be enacting such measures. When it came to the introduction of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022, it was contended that the UK would be saving billions. If we are already saving billions, it begs the question as to why there is a need for such an increase in fees.
One theory is that this is yet another attempt to make sure that only the ‘appropriate’ people are permitted to enter the UK. For instance, the more expensive the entry is for a person, the less likely it is for those who cannot afford the fees to enter, and consequently less chance of them having a need to remain in the UK beyond their permitted stay. Of course, it must be remembered that the drive here is to allow as less people as possible, all whilst increasing the strength of our economy. Not entirely sure how plausible that is, but it is fair to assume that sufficient time has been spent on the relevant calculations.
What are the main increases?
The increase in many of these fees is quite unexpected, and frankly unjustifiable. However, they all fit into the anti-immigration agenda that is currently being propagated. Regardless, these are the new fees, and they are to be followed by anyone making any of the above applications.