Part 8 of the Immigration Act concerns fees and charges.
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Part 8 of the act reduces demand for migrant labour in jobs that can be filled by domestic workers and consolidates charging arrangements for Home Office services by:
- introducing an immigration skills charge for employers who preferentially employed skilled migrants
- enabling civil registration to become financially self-supporting through fees, rather than relying on central government funding
- allowing the Registrar General to receive funding, from the registrars and superintendent registrars, for the services they currently provide for free
- maximising the flexibility of the passport fees framework to allow for cross-subsidy and over-cost recovery powers, while keeping down the cost of a standard passport application