Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, has announced an increase in the cost of immigrant visa applications.
After a speech advocating for higher salaries in the public sector, the announcement was made.
According to the British media, Sunak revealed that international migrants who come to the United Kingdom to live and work will contribute a portion of the financing for the wage hike.
Additionally, he stated that the national health service (NHS) fee paid by foreigners applying for visas will “increase significantly”.
A few weeks before, the PM had announced at the American embassy that he would be raising fees for handling non-immigrant visa (NIV) applications.
According to a statement on its website, the US Embassy says the revised prices for different visa categories will be in effect starting on June 17, 2023.
Since these fees haven’t recently increased, Sunak said this was “entirely right”.
I’m not willing to raise people’s taxes, and I don’t think it would be appropriate or responsible to borrow more because that would only make inflation worse, so if we’re going to prioritize paying public sector workers more, that money needs to come from someplace else.
“So, to find this money, we’ve done two things. The first is that we will raise the fees that immigrants must pay when they apply for visas to this nation as well as the immigration health surcharge (IHS), which is a fee they must pay to use the NHS.
“All of those fees will increase, raising nearly £1 billion in total. Therefore, the cost of applying for a visa will increase dramatically across the board, and similarly for the IHS.
Sunak claims that because there won’t be any new borrowing or expenditure to pay for the hikes, this action won’t affect inflation.
According to him, the administration considers it appropriate given that prices have increased since the last increase.
“I just announced a fair way to end the strikes, and already all teaching unions are backing it,” Sunak wrote in a tweet. The workers get a fair deal. Additionally, it is just for British taxpayers. This is a significant development for families and parents across the nation.