THE United Kingdom’s government has announced an increase in the cost of student and tourist visas.
According to a statement released by the UK’s Home Office yesterday, the pay for a student visa has been raised from £127 to £490, while the fee for a visit visa for less than six months has been raised from £15 to £115.
According to the Home Office, the increase are as a result of legislation passed by Parliament yesterday adding that the fee increase will help the government pay for vital services and focus more funding for the public sector.
According to the statement, income from fees charged is critical to the Home Office’s ability to administer a sustainable immigration and nationality system.
This changes is coming less than six months after the United Kingdom announced increases in visa application fees and health surcharges.
The Home Office also stated that when determining fees, care is taken to reduce the funding contribution from British taxpayers while continuing to provide a service that is appealing to people desiring to work in the UK and supports broader prosperity for all.