Foreign footballers and international businessmen are to be offered a £15,000 personalised visa renewal service to avoid them having to queue, as part of an increase in immigration fees announced yesterday.
Officials from the UK Border Agency will offer to visit highly skilled migrants at their office or home to sort out their immigration documents.
During the visit they will take the new “biometric” photograph and fingerprints and then provide an on-the-spot decision on whether the visa will be renewed.
The Home Office admitted that the £15,000 price is in excess of the £1,982 cost of providing the “mobile biometric enrolment and case-working” service.
Those who can and are willing to pay for immediate service should of course be charged for such. Straight old price discrimination, a good thing.
All we need to do now is add another level on top of this. For £100,000 we\’ll guarantee that you get the visa, not just a quick decision but the right decision.
If there are those willing to pay for the right to live and work here we should charge them to do so.