Come March 18, 2016, and the charges across nearly all UK visa classes will be reportedly increased. The latest move by the UK Immigration would impact 1000s of applicants, and this includes Indians, who happen to be the largest group of trained manpower to be given the Tier 2 Visas, to reside and do a job in the nation-- both in 2015 and before.
However, one bit of positive news is that the charge for the firms submitting an application for a Tier 2 sponsorship licence--which permits them to make use of the Tier 2 Visa holders--continues to be the same at 536 Pounds for smaller firms and 1,476 Pounds for the bigger ones.
Additional amendments, first declared on January 11, 2016 this year, signify a 2% raise across a good number of visa charges, and this included short-term Visitor Visas, in addition nearly all UK Work Visas, like the Tier 2 Visa and Study Visa petitions, like the Tier 4 Visa.
As per the Home Office, swells will reduce the contributions of the British taxpayers towards the nation’s border, immigration and citizenship structure. By 2019-2020, the UK Immigration expects that the system will become 'self-funded' by those who utilize the same.
Allegedly, the changes guarantee that the Home Office can get a self-funding arrangement, while continuing to given a rather viable level of service, and a fees structure that continues to be rather appealing to businesses, aliens & guests.
As per the numbers, lately brought-out by the Office of National Statistics [ONS], Indian people, as in the preceding years, are the biggest group of qualified employees to be duly provided with the Tier 2 Visas, to stay and do a job in Britain in 2015.
Workers from India secured a fairly high percentage of the 92,062 Tier 2 Visas that were offered to trained migrants during the year gone by. Allegedly, Indian people received 57% of whole Skilled Work Visas proffered (52,360 of 92,062), with the US people being the next major nationality faction (10,130 or 11%).
Majority of the migrants who get a Tier 2 Visa tend to submit an application for settlement (also called as Permanent Residence) post 5 years in Britain, but they will at present be expected to pay nearly 25% more for a settlement application--appropriately called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) petition--with the fee set to jump from 1,500 to 1,875 Pounds.
Major Improvements To UK Visa Charges
The top amendments that will become effective on March 18, 2016 will chiefly impact visas which several would allegedly assert be useful for Britain. Those visas offered to employees, like the Tier 4 Visas and students such as Tier 2 Visas, for example, will witness fees head north by 2%. As per the Home Office, a 2% boost will also be applicable to the UK Visit Visas to 'help maintain the position of the nation as one of the leading tourist destinations of the globe.