Effective today, 18th March 2016, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will increase its application and service fees.
Applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa will have to pay an additional 25% for the application.
According to GOV.UK, “…the Home Office introduced (this) legislation to set the maximum amounts it can charge for visa, immigration and nationality applications over the next 4 years.”
ECO-Friendly notes that aside from the UK Settlement Visa, there will also be an increase with respect to the Work and Student Visas, Visit Visa, as well as the optional premium services offered by the Home Office like the Super Premium Service and the Priority visa Service.
The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) explained that the rate increase is necessary and cannot be avoided because of the need to improve the services of the agency, especially now that there has been an increase in the number of applicants wanting to travel to the UK either to settle, visit, work or study.
“These changes ensure that the Home Office can achieve a self-funding system, whilst continuing to provide a competitive level of service, and a fees structure that remains attractive to businesses, migrants and visitors,” the UKVI said.
From the original application fee of £956 for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa, the fee has now been raised to £1,195.
The work, student and visit visas were increased by 2% while the application fee ofr the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa was increased by 25%. The UKVI explained that the application fees for these visas were increased by 25% because, “…these routes deliver the most benefits to successful applicants.”
Meanwhile, the Optional Premium Services like the Super Premium Service and the Priority Visa Services overseas were raised by a whopping 33%.