Britain considers dramatic visa fee hike; India could get affected

A 50 million bruise hole in a Home office budget could lead to increase the UK Visa fees- this directly hits the Prime Minister, David Cameron’s efforts to boost students, tourists and business visitors from countries like India and China.

A source says that the Visa fees could go up by 4 % , which seems more than double a rate of inflation. A proposal letter from a Home Office official containing the visa-fees rise was circulated in the corridors of power in London.

Britain considers dramatic visa fee hike; India could get affected

Britain considers dramatic visa fee hike; India could get affected

The move could put the Home Office in a direct clash with Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to boost student and business visits to Britain from countries like India and China.As part of the trade drive, Cameron had already announced reward fast-track visa services for chosen travellers from India and China.

This move comes weeks after Home Secretary, Theresa May was forced to back down on mandatory 3000 Pound visa bonds for select counties, including India.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Visa fees are increasing because we are reducing the cost of the immigration system to the taxpayer. Immigrants and visitors should contribute their fair share to the system.

“The Home Office – like the government overall – is performing well in cutting spending while protecting and improving services.”

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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