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Further UK Immigration And Nationality Service Fees Proposed To Parliament

Having several Australian friends who live and work in the UK provides me with a rounded view on how the processes work and the value of the fees charged for their visa applications. It’s with this in mind that I found myself following the fee proposals for immigration and nationality services.

Last month, regulations were laid before Parliament to cover the administrative fees associated with applying for certain types of immigration and nationality services - mainly visas. These fees were the ones that were judged to be either at or below the actual cost to the UK Border Agency in processing the applications. Fees that were judged to be higher than their actual costs were laid before Parliament in January.

Last month’s proposals were the last fees being proposed for the 2010/11 financial year. Most of the fees proposed are for the basic processing of applications and transfer visas.

What I found worrying in the fees proposals was that all of the fees for processing Highly Skilled Migrants are judged to be above the actual costs. Surely if the UK is looking to boost the employment marketplace and encourage knowledge and skill set sharing, this is an area where the fees should not be discouraging applicants.

Understandably we have a fragile economy at the moment and any additions to the employment marketplace need to be carefully considered. There is a question that does need to be asked though around whether discouraging or preventing highly skilled migrants is going to adversely affect the UK’s long term prospects for economic growth.

If you currently live outside the UK and are unsure what your best options are for migrating and starting up a new business, contact one of our advisors sooner rather than later. We have vast experiences of assisting other entrepreneurs such as you.


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