The UK has been famous for its history and education institutions. It is the top choice for many students and travelers. However, You may have to rethink your travel plans after recent changes in the visa fees.
A Brief Overview On Fee Changes
Recently, the UK Home Office has announced that from October 4, students and visitors will see a hike in the visa fee. The cost for a six months visit visa will be £115, while international students will need to shell out £490.
The Financial Implications
According to the Home Office, not only students and visiting visa applications but also the fee for work visas will increase. Most work and visit visas will see a 15% increase, while priority visas, study visas, and certificates of sponsorship will have a minimum of 20% hike. The expected revenue to generate by this is over GBP 1 billion.
The Big Picture
The fee hike is a big move in Home Office strategy aiming to reduce the British taxpayer’s financial burden and promises that immigration system is ideal for potential migrants.
Affected Visa Categories
The fee hike will create a great impact over many visa categories including:
- Health and care visas (increment of £37-£72)
- Applications for British citizenship (increment of over £200)
- Various visit visa durations
This also encloses fee for entry clearance and UK leave to remain applications.
Even when the UK is a top destination for many, the changes in visa fee can present many challenges for potential visitors and students. It is important for you to keep an eye on the fee rate while planning a trip.
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