Immigration: Fees and Charges

Home Office written question – answered on 27th October 2017.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the equity of the fee to apply for settled status in the UK; and whether she plans to waive the fee for applicants for settled status who are non-UK citizens and who apply because the UK is leaving the EU.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office firmly believes that the application fee to settle in the United Kingdom (UK) is fair and is representative of the benefits available to those choosing to permanently reside here. Visa, immigration and citizenship fees are set at a level that helps provide resources necessary to operate the border, immigration and citizenship (BIC) system, reducing burden on the UK taxpayer.

On 19th October 2017, Theresa May wrote a letter to EU citizens and their family members resident within the UK to reaffirm that citizens’ rights are the first priority, and that we are developing a streamlined digital process for those applying for settled status. The cost of which will be kept as low as possible and will be no more than the cost of a UK passport.

The Prime Minister's letter is available at:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pms-open-letter-to-eu-citizens-in-the-uk

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