Spike in UK Visa Applications Expected Ahead of Fee Hike

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With visa application fees set to increase next week, immigration consultancy Global Visas is anticipating a further jump in visa inquiries, which are already spiking due to uncertainty about the planned UK immigration cap.

Most visa categories – including much-needed highly skilled migrant visas – have increased in price, some by as much as 30 per cent.

Immigration consultancy Global Visas is preparing for a rush of inquiries ahead of next month’s increase in UK visa fees.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced it will be increasing its visa application fees as of October 1, 2010.

Most visa categories – including much-needed highly skilled migrant visas – have increased in price, some by as much as 30 per cent.

The announcement adds further uncertainty to the future of UK immigration policy, which has already been clouded by plans to impose a cap on immigration as of April 2011.

Global Visas has already experienced a steep increase in the volume UK visa inquiries since May 2010. It was during this period that the coalition government formed and an immigration cap was agreed upon.

UK visa inquiries in May 2010 increased by 32 per cent compared to May 2009. As debate about the immigration cap gathered steam, so did inquiries about UK visas. June inquires increased by 38 per cent, July by 60 per cent, and August by 55 per cent.

Overall, visa inquiries from May to August 2010 increased by 46 per cent compared to 2009.

Global Visas director Liam Clifford said the looming changes meant more people were pushing UK immigration plans forward to avoid the effects of any adjustments.

“Our customers around the world are obviously keen to move to the UK, so they are changing their long-term plans to avoid any restrictions,” he said.

Clifford added: “I believe the uncertainty surrounding the government’s plans may have led more people to seek expert advice from immigration consultancies such as Global Visas.”

He encouraged the Government to be more clear and transparent with their plans, and to consider the consequences of any changes in policy.

More information about the UK visa fee hikes can be found at:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm100909/wmstext/100909m0001.htm

About Global Visas

Global Visas is a world leader in visa and immigration solutions for private and corporate clients locally and worldwide. The company provides a complete service from initial enquiries through to support and advice in the new country.

Since its inception in 1996, the company has become a leading authority on issues regarding immigration law. Working with many of the world’s largest multinational companies, Global Visas has offices in several countries worldwide.

Contact:
Global Visas Press Office
pressoffice(at)globalvisas.com

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