UK visas & immigration news

Fee consultation response published

The Home Office has published its response to the consultation on fees and charges for immigration and visa services. The response can be accessed here.

The responses will be used to influence Home Office charging policy over the next few years.

New immigration fees from 6 April 2014

The government has announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services with effect from 6 April 2014. Some fees for premium services overseas will apply from 31 March 2014.

The proposals increase most fees by 4 percent, including the short-term visit visa, although there are bigger increases which help limit wider general increases.

The increase in revenue will allow UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to improve customer service, and offer optional premium services, including:

  • a 3-5 day priority visa service costing £100;
  • a priority settlement application service for a fee of £300;
  • a super priority visa servicefor £600, which will expedite the application process to the shortest period possible;
    • new user pay visa application centres, in addition to the current centres, where applicants can submit applications and enrol biometrics at additional locations for an additional fee of £53;
    • appointments outside of office hours for a fee of £50; and
    • offering a passport passback service at more locations, which will be charged at £40 per applicant.

The new fees for student visas are as follows:

SVV- £83 (up from £80)

ESVV - £150 (up from £144)

Tier 4 overseas- £310 (up from £298)

Tier 4 in-country (postal) - £422 (up from £406)

Tier 4 in-country (in person) - £822 (up from £781)

Fees for dependants are now the same as the main applicant for both overseas and in-country applicants.

Click here to view the full list of proposed fees. You can also read the written ministerial statement.

Changes to visa application centres overseas

From 1 April there will be a change to some of the commercial partners operating the visa application centres overseas (VACs). UK Visas and Immigration is working closely with existing and new commercial partners to ensure a smooth transition for visa applicants.

In preparation for the move, from February there will be a number of changes to the visa services that are offered to visa applicants.

These changes will mean an increase in the number of VACs. In some locations opening hours will be reduced, while customers at lower volume visa application centres may be charged for their services.

More information about which locations will be affected will be communicated in the coming weeks.

The following changes have been announed:


1. New commercial partner in Bogota

From 27 February 2014, VFS Global will take over the operation of the biometric collection service at the visa application centre in Bogota.

The visa application centre is located at:

Carrera 14 no 85-68 Office 407,
Bogota,
Colombia

Until 31 March 2014, please contact Worldbridge for all general enquiries related to visa applications.

2. New commercial partner in Buenos Aires

VFS Global took over the operation of the biometric collection service at the visa application centre in Buenos Aires on 19 February 2014,

The visa application centre is located at:

Av. Córdoba 1131,
Piso 3,
Buenos Aires

Until 31 March 2014, please contact Worldbridge for all general enquiries related to visa applications

3. New commercial partner in Santiago

VFS Global took over the operation of the biometric collection service at the visa application centre in Santiago on 18 February 2014.

The visa application centre is located at:

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Santiago,
Calle Santa Magdalena, 111,
Providencia
Santiago, Chile

Until 31 March 2014, please contact Worldbridge for all general enquiries related to visa applications.

4. Change of premises, Shanghai

The UK visa application centre in Shanghai is moving to new premises from 3 March 2014. The new location is at 3/F, Guangfa Bank Tower, 555, Xujiahui Road, Huangpu District.

For more information about this and other changes in China please visit www.vfs-uk-cn.com.

Visitor visa applications in Moscow

Most visitor applicants will now need to provide an additional copy of their application form (front page only), passport and supporting documents. More details are available from the following website www.ukvac-ru.com.

New visa application centre charge in Taiwan

From 12 March 2014 there will be a charge of £59 ($USD100) to use the visa application centre in Taiwan. This will be in addition to the visa fee and will be charged at the point of booking the appointment online.

The fee will cover the cost of providing the application submission facilities in Taiwan. Students will not be allowed to attend their appointment if the fee is not paid.

Further information on the introduction of the visa application centre fee in Taiwan can be found on the GOV.UK Taiwan pages.

UKBA website has moved 

The contents of the UKBA website have been moved to www.gov.uk/visas-immigration.

Information for sponsors, such as guidance documents can be accessed here.

 

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