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UK visa fees hike to affect Indians

British Government is likely to increase visa fees in most categories of applications from March 18.

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Publish Date: Mar 7 2016 4:16PM | Updated Date: Mar 8 2016 12:59PM

UK visa fees hike to affect Indians

British Government is likely to increase visa fees in most categories of applications from March 18.

 
Move will affect many Indians who were largest group of skilled workers to be granted visas to live and work in Britain in 2015.
 
Changes, suggested in in January, mean a 2 percent increase for most fees in short-term visitor visas and most work or study applications and a 25 per cent rise in fees for nationality and settlement visa requests.
 
UK Home Office said upsurges will decrease UK taxpayer contributions towards the border, immigration and citizenship system and make sure that by 2019-2020 the system is self-funded by people who use it.
 
"These changes ensure that the Home Office can achieve a self-funding system, whilst continuing to provide a competitive level of service, and a fees structure that remains attractive to businesses, migrants and visitors," a Home Office statement said.
 
Indians bagged majority of 92,062 visas issued to skilled migrants last year.