Leading immigration service provider, UK Immigration Barristers, is making clients aware that from April 2013 the cost of UK Visa and Immigration applications, made via the UK Border Agency, will increase. Not a scam, not a joke but inflation.
A statement from a UK Immigration Barristers spokesperson said: “This latest review of the UK Visa and Immigration service provided by the UK Border Agency will hit our clients hard. Many of our clients are already battling to overcome UK Immigration restrictions and now cost increases will make the process of obtaining a UK Visa much more difficult.”
In a statement from UK Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, he said: “These increases are mostly in line with inflation and will ensure that the UK continues to welcome the brightest and the best. It is only right that those who use and benefit from the UK immigration system should contribute more than the UK taxpayer.”
Responding to the UK Immigration Minister’s comments, UK Immigration Barristers, said: “To impose UK Visa restrictions and then drop a bombshell that costs are going to increase, in order to bring them in line with inflation is totally unjustified.”
Critics of UK Immigration cost increases state that the rise, considering the number of scandals that UK Immigration has been involved in, does not make the increase viable. Effectively, people will be paying a higher price for a UK Visa and Immigration service that is backlogged, highly flawed, as identified by UK Immigration Chief Inspector, John Vine, and in desperate need of getting its house in order.
However, the UK border Agency remained defiant in its justification for cost increases stating that: “The proposed fee increases take place against a difficult financial context for the UK Border Agency and the Government as a whole. We believe our proposals to increase fees strike the right balance between ensuring the UK Border Agency continues to provide a world class service and maintaining a fees structure that does not inhibit the UK’s ability to continue to attract those businesses, migrants and visitors who most benefit the UK.”
The changes to UK Immigration costs are likely to come into force in April 2013, providing they are sanctioned by Parliament. A verdict will be delivered pending the outcome of discussions on March 14th 2013.