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    Today, Immigration Minister Mark Harper laid a written ministerial statement proposing fee increases for visa applications made overseas, and applications made in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KhunIanB-UK View Post
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    Well they were never going to go down! Another Tory stealth tax!!!!

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    Will someone correct me on this. visit visa unit cost as stated on the ministerial statement shows as being greater than that being proposed. ? Are we(taxpayers) subsidising the cost of tourists or am I misreading this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne View Post
    Are we(taxpayers) subsidising the cost of tourists or am I misreading this.
    If you pay tax you are subsidising EVERYTHING
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary & Nok View Post
    If you pay tax you are subsidising EVERYTHING
    That's what tax is for.
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    HOLY KHEE

    I am so far detached from these fees and visas etc, I feel for people that have to go through the hoops and cost.

    Heres me complaining about the cost of my business visas for several SE Asian countries and I see this.

    Thank you Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for having reasonable visa costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary & Nok View Post
    If you pay tax you are subsidising EVERYTHING
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    That's what tax is for.
    That's why I said it
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    Well that's nice and clear then 6 pages of visa charges.....must be so easy to administrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prikphet View Post
    .....must be so easy to administrate.
    Same old governmental logic pp, they have a cunning plan to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of something to the taxpayer, with the end result being the opposite owing to admin costs!

    "For certain application categories, we will continue to set fees higher than the administrative cost to reflect their value to successful applicants. This helps to provide resources to run the UK immigration system (rather badly)......
    in other words 'As we've got to be seen to be reducing the number of immigrants who wish to come and live in the UK, we'll make it more expensive for them and hopefully put a few off (particularly the likes of dependent relatives who are only ever going to be a burden on the country (unit cost £407 - visa cost £1,906)). However, as the country is heading towards bankruptcy, we will encourage the tourists to come and spend their money by subsiding their entry costs at the expense of the rest (unit cost £136 - visa cost £80).'

    ..........and enables the Agency to set lower fees elsewhere in support of wider government objectives to attract those businesses, workers, students and visitors who most benefit the UK".
    - So why does a visa for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exeptional Talent) (presumably the sort of person they are purportedly trying to encourage) come in at almost three times the unit cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phetchy View Post
    ... So why does a visa for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor, Exeptional Talent) (presumably the sort of person they are purportedly trying to encourage) come in at almost three times the unit cost?
    Because they can afford it and by setting fees higher than the administrative cost it reflects the value of the visa to a successful applicant

    Quote Originally Posted by Phetchy View Post
    ... . However, as the country is heading towards bankruptcy, we will encourage the tourists to come and spend their money by subsiding their entry costs at the expense of the rest (unit cost £136 - visa cost £80) ...
    The Exchequer will more than recover this 'loss' by the tourists' contribution to the economy and the resulting tax (including VAT) revenue the Exchequer will receive from the visitor's spending.
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