If you’re planning to apply for a UK visa, try doing it before October 4 as the country is increasing the fees. Hence, travellers planning to visit the UK will have to spend more.
The price hike was announced in July by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. He also stated that there will be an increase in Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for those migrating to the UK.
Here’s how much you need to pay as fees for your UK visa
Travellers staying in the UK for up to six months will have to pay GBP 115 (about HKD 1,120) as visa fees now, indicating a rise of GBP 15 (about HKD 145). The price for a student visa will rise by GBP 127 (about HKD 1,230). This means that students will have to pay GBP 490 (about HKD 4,750). The news was confirmed on September 15, according to India Today.
Various media reports add that the increased fee is expected to generate over GBP 1 million (about HKD 9,688,700) in revenue, as said by the PM at the time. According to the India Today report, the UK’s Home Office said, “Income from fees charged plays a vital role in the Home Office’s ability to run a sustainable immigration and nationality system. 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”.
Apart from these two UK visas, hike in the fees is applicable across most categories. This includes health and care visa, application for British citizenship and visit visas up to two, five and 10 years as well as those who wish to remain in the UK.
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