UK TO INCREASE COST OF VISA AND NHS FEES
The United Kingdom as announced on Thursday by the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has decided to increase the levies charged to migrants coming into the country when they apply for Visas’ alongside NHS charges.
This comes after the governments intents on providing better payment structures for their public sector worker as pay awards, which is taking up more than the government had budgeted for, and as a result, in the bid to cushion this effect on the body have decided to raise the amount for Visa seekers and to access the NHS(National Health Service) in the state.
“If we’re going to prioritise paying public sector workers more, that money has to come from somewhere else because I’m not prepared to put up people’s taxes and I don’t think it would be responsible or right to borrow more because that would just make inflation worse,” said Sunak.
“So, what we have done are two things to find this money. The first is, we are going to increase the charges that we have for migrants who are coming to this country when they apply for visas and indeed something called the immigration health surcharge (IHS), which is the levy that they pay to access the NHS.” he says.
What this refer in its statistical reform is that work and visit visas will likely go up by 15% while the cost of student and leave-to-remain visas among others will rise by at least 20%.
This was corroborated by John Glen, chief secretary to the UK treasury, who said the prices of visit and work visas and post-study work visas will rise. Similarly, he said the cost of study visas, certificate of sponsorship, indefinite leave to remain and settlement status will be more expensive.
While the News might spike unrest and anxiety amongst many, its quite important to note that now more than usual, that every intending migrant or visitor to the UK should take measures and not apprehensively but with the right evaluation of actions and decisions for the intended Visa.
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