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UK visa fee likely to increase by 20% soon: How to avoid paying hiked charges

UK visa fee likely to increase by 20% soon: How to avoid paying hiked charges

The UK government is set to raise fees for work permits and visas by 2024, with experts estimating a 20% increase. Although the new measure has not yet been introduced, experts encourage anybody wanting to emigrate for work to act quickly. Those who have employment offers or are in conversations with UK employers should conclude their plans as soon as possible to avoid paying increased fees.

“We expect these fee changes to take effect soon,” said Yash Dubal, director of London-based immigration business A Y & J Solicitors, “because there is a political will in the UK to show action on immigration and a General Election next year.” The current government seeks to persuade voters that it is strong on immigration while also funding the NHS. This policy addresses both objectives.”

“Normally, changes to immigration fees are brought before Parliament at least 21 days before they take effect.” However, there is an urgent political resolve on the part of this government to modify the immigration system before the General Election in order to calm certain voters’ misguided suspicions that migrants are not net contributors. As a result, policy changes can be pushed through fast, therefore anyone in India with pending visa applications should submit them as soon as feasible.”

How much will you have to pay after the hike?

The United Kingdom is preparing to implement a new visa pricing structure, with work and visit visa fees increasing by 15% and other visa types facing a minimum 20% increase. Furthermore, the contentious Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which migrants pay for healthcare, will be increased from £624 to £1,035 per year for adults and from £470 to £776 for children.

This rapid rise is worrying. Skilled Worker visa holders bringing a partner and child, for example, would see their three-year visa cost climb from £7,029 to £10,695.

There have also been rumours of an increase in the Immigration Skills Charge, although no official confirmation has been provided.

Furthermore, the salary criterion for UK Shortage Occupations List positions, such as web designers and residential day care managers, is 80% of the going rate, resulting in migrant salaries being 20% lower. Fee increases may deter some applicants from pursuing lower-paying jobs, as they may find it financially difficult to meet the visa criteria.

“The impact of the increases may deter some migrants from taking lower salaried jobs as the rise in fees combined with low wages may make the work financially unfeasible,” Mr Dubal added.

 

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