Written statement to Parliament

Targeted consultation on immigration and visa charging principles

This written ministerial statement was delivered on 12 November 2013 in the House of Commons by Mark Harper and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Mark Harper

Minister for Immigration (Mark Harper):

People who need permission to visit the UK and those who want to live, work or study here must pay a fee for their visa. It is important that we seek input into how we ensure that those who benefit directly from the immigration system and enhanced border control contribute appropriately to its costs in the future.

I am therefore launching a targeted consultation looking at charging principles which will begin on 12 November and will last for 3 weeks. As part of the consultation we will be seeking views on how the Home Office charges customers and the services it provides.

We will be seeking views from stakeholders who have an interest in the way fees are set, the consistency and complexity of fees and on premium services. We are also seeking views on proposals on administrative reviews and refunds and how the Home Office interacts with third parties.

A copy of the consultation document will be placed in the House Library and on the GOV.UK website.

Published 12 November 2013