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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has said that it intends to raise its fees for all applications from 6th April 2013.
Most fees will rise by 3% in line with inflation. The greatest increases will be for dependants of main applicants applying from within the UK.
At present, dependants applying from within the UK pay only 50% of the fees paid by the main applicant. This will rise to 75% of the main applicant's fee from 6th April.
This could mean hundreds of pounds in extra fees. For example, an application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) currently costs £991 for a main applicant and £496 for a dependant. If the changes are introduced, then the cost for a main applicant will rise to £1021 – a rise of £30. But the fee for a dependant will rise to £766; a rise of £280.
Standard in person feeThe UKBA has also announced that it will introduce a standard 'in person' fee for those who attend UKBA Public Enquiry Offices to get their applications dealt with on the same day. These are paid on top of the fee for postal applications. At present, there is a range of fees for those attending the Public Enquiry Office with some applicants paying £200 and others paying as much as £467. From 6th April, there will be one in person fee of £375. Some people will benefit from this. Others will see a significant increase in the UK visa fees that they have to pay.
These new fees will not apply to applications made before 6th April 2013 even if they are processed after April 6th. So, if you are thinking of making an application to the UKBA soon, we advise you to make it now to save yourself hundreds of pounds
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