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UK visa gets more expensive for visitors, students


Starting from Wednesday, a proposed visa fee increase by the British government will take effect, affecting travelers from around the world, including Indian students. These changes come after legislation was introduced in Parliament last month and were announced by the UK Home Office.

The adjustments mean the visit visa will get costlier by £15 for stays under six months, bringing the total to £115. Student visas will see an increase of £127 for applicants from outside the UK, making the total fee £490, aligning it with the amount charged for in-country student visa applications.

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In July, the government announced a 15% increase in the cost of most work and visit visas, and an increase of at least 20% in the cost of priority visas, study visas and certificates of sponsorship.

“Income from fees charged plays a vital role in the Home Office’s ability to run a sustainable immigration and nationality system,” the UK Home Office said.

This move follows British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement in July that fees and the health surcharge paid by visa applicants for the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) would increase significantly to fund the public sector wage increase.

Income generated from visa fees plays a crucial role in maintaining a sustainable immigration and nationality system in the UK. The government strives to balance reducing the financial burden on British taxpayers while maintaining an attractive service for those wishing to work and study in the UK.”Careful consideration is given when setting fees to help reduce the funding contribution from British taxpayers, whilst continuing to provide a service that remains attractive to those wishing to work in the UK and support broader prosperity for all,” the statement added.The changes include…

  1. Fees for up to 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 year visit visas.

  2. The majority of fees for entry clearance and certain applications for leave to remain in the UK including those for work and study.

  3. Fees for indefinite leave to enter and indefinite leave to remain.

  4. Convention travel document and stateless person’s travel document.

  5. Health and Care visa.

  6. Fees in relation to certificates of sponsorship and confirmation of acceptance for studies.

  7. The in and out of country fee for the super priority service and the out of country fee for the priority service. The settlement priority service will reduce so it is aligned with the cost of using the priority service.

  8. Applications to Register and Naturalise as a British Citizen.

  9. The fee for the User Pays Visa Application service.

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