Like every year the Home Office increased their at the beginning of April. The good news is the increases weren’t as bad as they usually are, for example an application for leave to remain on the basis of family life has increased from £993 to £1,033. You can see the full details here.
Some good news – the massive increase in appeal fees in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal has been reversed. The fees for lodging an appeal in the First-tier Tribunal have gone back to the old rates:
Anyone who was unlucky enough to have to pay the higher fees of £490 and £800 will receive a refund for the difference. It is possible that the fees will increase again in the future but for the time being this is some good news!
On 3rd November 2016 the government announced a number of changes to the Immigration Rules. The complete Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules HC667 can be viewed here. The Statement of Changes is 76 pages in total but there aren’t too many substantive changes to the Rules. The ‘highlights’ are:
It is very important that anyone affected by these changes ensures that they plan ahead to make sure they meet the new provisions or make their applications in time.