The UK government's proposed increase in visa fees for migrant workers is being criticized by various business groups. PM Rishi Sunak had announced plans to raise the levies, stating that it would contribute to funding public sector pay rises.
However, lobby group BusinessLDN's CEO, John Dickie, sent a letter to the prime minister expressing concern about the impact of the proposed changes on UK businesses and the economy. With the current tight labour market, UK work visas are already among the most expensive globally.
The government's plan includes raising the cost of a skilled worker visa for more than three years from £1,235 to £1,480. The annual immigration health surcharge, which funds NHS access for migrants and has been frozen since 2020, would increase by 66% to £1,035.