Written statement to Parliament

Visa regulations: revised table

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

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by James Brokenshire and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

Minister for Immigration and Security (James Brokenshire):

On 3 February 2014 my Hon. Friend the then Minister of State for Immigration (Mark Harper) announced proposals to change the fees for immigration and nationality applications made to the Home Office and for services provided by the department.

The announcement included a table setting out the proposals in detail and the Immigration and Nationality Fees Regulations (2014) were laid in Parliament on the same day. There were errors in the fees regulations and in the table accompanying the announcement. Firstly, the fees for applications for entry clearance as a Tier 4 student and Tier 5 youth mobility and temporary worker were erroneously omitted from the regulations, though they were included in the explanatory memorandum and the fees table accompanying the announcement. Secondly, the fee for the user pays visa application centre service overseas should be £59 rather than the £53 set out in the regulations and the table. This is an optional service that allows overseas applicants to access visa services at a convenient location provided by contractors. The £59 fee represents the unit cost of providing the service.

These errors have now been corrected. I have laid corrected regulations and provide a new version of the fees table, which also includes various presentational improvements and corrections to minor typographical errors. A copy of the revised table has also been placed in the House Library.