The Government has today proposed a swingeing fee increase in immigration appeal cases.
The fee for appealing an immigration decision is currently set at £140 for an oral hearing in the First Tier Tribunal. The Government is now planning to increase this fee to £800 – a hike of 570% and a blatant attempt by Government to dissuade the number of appeals that are lodged.
The Government says it wants the Immigration Tribunal System to be entirely self-funded by fee income and the decision follows on from the recent increases in visa application fees.
On 6th April 2016 the Home Office increased the already excessive visa application fees across the various categories. In some visa categories there has been a massive 25% hike in last year’s fees. For example, a spouse applying to join a British partner will now need to pay £1,195 with the visa application, an increase of £239 from last April. The sharpest increase is in the dependent relative visa category where the fee has increased by a staggering £535 from £2,141 to £2,676.
By comparison the visa fees for business visa applications from abroad has only increased marginally. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa application fee has increased by just £19 and the Tier 1 Investor visa fee by just £30 from last year. So an individual able to invest £2 million in the UK will only need to pay £30 more than last year.
For any enquiries please contact our Immigration team by email at Adeeb.Chowdhry@dwfmbeckman.com or call 0207 408 8845.