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Guidance: Immigration Bill: part 8 - fees and changes

Part 8 of the Bill reduces demand for migrant labour in jobs that can be filled by domestic workers and consolidates charging arrangements for Home Office services by:

  • introducing an immigration skills charge for employers who preferentially employed skilled migrants
  • enabling civil registration to become financially self-supporting through fees, rather than relying on central government funding
  • allowing the Registrar General to receive funding, from the registrars and superintendent registrars, for the services they currently provide for free
  • maximising the flexibility ... of the passport fees framework to allow for cross-subsidy and over-cost recovery powers, while keeping down the cost of a standard passport application