Immigration Minister, Damian Green, has today issued a proposal stating that immigration and nationality application fees for those applying to study, visit or stay in the UK will increase. The new proposals will not come into force until they have been approved by Parliament but they are expected to take effect from 6 April 2011, if they are given the go ahead.
The Home Office has been hit with a reduction in budgets of 20% and although measures to reduce support costs, increase efficiencies and boost productivity are being taken, an increase in fees is necessary in order to meet its targets.
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) hopes the increase in fees will continue to maintain effective border controls, while still encouraging migrants to come to the UK, particularly those who make a strong contribution to the economy.
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