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The inexorable rise in immigration fees

The inexorable rise in immigration fees

  • 11/04/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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IMMIGRATION BLOG

The inexorable rise in immigration fees

11 April 2017

 

It’s the new financial year and so of course we have new immigration fees from the Home Office, effective from 6 April. The word “new” generally denotes higher, but there are some exceptions.money

Most fees, for visa applications and other immigration services, have increased by a few per cent and in some cases by over 20%. A few of them have actually gone down (eg refugee dependant relative settlement visa) but they are in a small minority.

The Adult Dependent Relative settlement visa (for relatives who are not partners or minor children), already an ambitious £2,676, has now increased by 21% to £3,250. By way of comparison, other types of settlement visa fees have gone up by a similar proportion to £1,464.

Taken in conjunction with the fact that the Adult Dependent Relative visa is a notoriously difficult application, we wonder whether applicants might consider as an alternative buying a small island somewhere near the British Isles and coming to live there – but no doubt the Home Office would raise some objection.

We read in the media that the British economy is currently doing well. Certainly, the Home Office is making a good contribution to this, obtaining as it does nice immigration fees from migrants, not to mention health surcharges, and the UK balance of payments must be benefitting accordingly.

However, this may not be of much comfort in all cases; fees are getting so high that a visa refusal may constitute a financial catastrophe. It’s best to try and get the application right to give yourself the best possible chance.

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