UK Immigration – Fees set to increase from 6 April 2012
Beginning 6 April 2012, the UK Border Agency is set to increase fees for overseas and UK-based immigration applications. This entails a further expense for individuals looking to immigrate, and companies within the UK will expect to see more expenditure where they wish to employ migrant workers.
Those UK companies looking to become sponsors under the Tier 2/Tier 5 categories will now spend an extra £190 per sponsor licence. Larger employers will see the greatest increase – the cost of a sponsorship licence will increase by £475.
Fees for Tier 2 (G) and ICT Long Term Staff will rise from £400 to £480 for both main applicants and dependants, while Tier 2 ICT Short Term Staff and Skills Transfers will rise from £350 to £400 for both main applicants and dependants.
From 6 April 2012, there will also be other changes where the optional Premium Sponsor Scheme is concerned. This scheme is for A-rated sponsors who wish to employ Tier 2 and Tier 5 migrants. The Premium Sponsor Scheme is to be introduced so that those companies involved can gain better access to customer service and greater access to appointments at UKBA Public Enquiry Offices. The charges for large scale businesses will be £25,000 per annum and for small businesses it will cost £8,000 per annum.
Please note that beginning 6 April, all payments should be made according to the new fee. Applications will not be accepted where an incorrect fee is paid, so it is important to ensure correct fee is paid before submitting the application.
For further information on the above, please get in touch with the Global Mobility professional you deal with at Hudson McKenzie.
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