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    UK to Implement Visa Fee Hike for Visitors and Students from October 4

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    UK Visa Fee Hike for Visitors and Students Effective from October 4

    The British government is set to implement a proposed increase in visa fees starting from October 4, impacting visitors and students from around the world, including Indian travelers.

    According to the UK Home Office, the changes are contingent on parliamentary approval and will bring about a rise in fees for various visa categories. A visit visa for stays of under six months will see a GBP 15 increase, bringing the total to GBP 115. Meanwhile, student visa applicants will face a GBP 127 hike, with the new fee set at GBP 490, aligning it with in-country application charges.

    The fee adjustments were prompted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement in July, where he revealed plans to raise fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to cover the rising public sector wage increase and NHS costs. Sunak stated that these adjustments would collectively generate over GBP 1 billion in revenue.

    The Home Office has outlined a 15% increase in the cost of most work and visit visas, with priority visas, study visas, and certificates of sponsorship facing an increase of at least 20%. This fee hike encompasses various visa categories, including health and care visas, citizenship applications, and visit visas of different durations.

    The impending changes are part of the UK government’s strategy to ensure the sustainability of its immigration and nationality system while minimizing the financial burden on British taxpayers. The adjustments aim to strike a balance between attracting individuals wishing to work and study in the UK while generating essential revenue for the nation.

    The Home Office has clarified that these changes are still subject to parliamentary approval but are expected to take effect from October 4, 2023.

    Sources By Agencies

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