Up to 2% in­crease in UK visa fees

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The UK Visas and Im­mi­gra­tion of­fice has in­formed that there will be changes in visa and im­mi­gra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion fees over the next four years. Danielle Humphries, En­try Clear­ance Man­ager, UK Visas and Im­mi­gra­tion (UKVI), in­formed that for 2016-17, UK Visas linked most closely to eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity, such as vis­i­tor, work and study visas will be re­stricted to an in­crease of two per cent. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, fees for all spon­sor­ship cat­e­gories will be held at the cur­rent rates. There will be up to 25 per cent in­crease for set­tle­ment and na­tion­al­ity fees. There will be up to 33 per cent in­crease for op­tional pre­mium ser­vices of­fered by the Home Of­fice such as the su­per pri­or­ity and pri­or­ity visa ser­vices. The pro­posed max­i­mum fee for en­try clear­ance as a vis­i­tor for a pe­riod of six months or less is £95, as against the cur­rent max­i­mum of £85. “Al­ready 95 per cent of visit visa ap­pli­ca­tions are de­cided within 15 work­ing days and we are ex­tend­ing the range of pre­mium ser­vices ,” added Humphries.

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