Increases to immigration fees on 6 April 2013

The Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, has laid changes to the immigration and visa fees system before Parliament. The changes proposed include increases to fees for applications made both overseas and in the UK.

The proposals were first presented to Parliament on 25 February 2013 and if approved will take effect from 6 April 2013. According to Mr Harper the changes are ‘mostly in line with inflation’ and that they ‘strike the right balance between ensuring the UK Border Agency continues to provide a world class service and maintaining a fees structure that does not inhibit’ their activity.

Under the new fees structure an onshore application for ILR will now cost £1,051 for the main applicant and £788 for all dependents. These are increases of 6% and 59% respectively.

Onshore applications for citizenship will now cost £874 (rise of 2.7%) for the main applicants and spouses and £1,550 (rise of 18%) for joint applications.

You can find the full details of the increases on the Home Office website in the document Charging for Immigration and Nationality Services 2013-14 (PDF, 197KB).

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