Significant increases in Home Office fees for most immigration and nationality services are to come into effect from 6th April.
The most significant change will be the increase in application fees for child or spouse dependants. As an example, dependant Indefinite Leave to Remain applicants will as of next month be charged ￡1093, the same amount as main applicants. The majority of other increases have been limited to 4%, with fees for naturalisation and ILR applications set to rise to ￡906 and ￡1093.
Rachel Harvey has criticised the increases, whilst also expressing hope they would "reduce waiting times and improve efficiency". Rachel, an Immigration Solicitor working from our Nottingham office, finds the increase in fees for dependant applicants particularly unfair, arguing that applications made by main applicants require: "A far greater deal of administrative processing".
Anyone considering making a visa application soon should already be mindful of changes to visa forms, also set to come into effect from 6th April. Any applications submitted on outdated forms are automatically rejected as invalid, making it crucial for applicants to ensure that any applications they intend to make are submitted on the most recent forms available.
Whilst the UKBA fees are excessive, clients can still take advantage of our expert knowledge to guide them through the process. In these matters it’s important to instruct an expert solicitor who specialises in Immigration law. Our dedicated national immigration team offers excellent value for money for all types of immigration services for businesses and individuals.