Sadly, from the 1st of April, the Home Office is hiking the price of visas to the UK, to reflect the 'cost' in processing the applications.
An application for Indefinite leave to remain will now cost Â£750 (from Â£335), and Â£950 (from Â£500) if you want a same day service. Naturalization is going to Â£575 from Â£200. See all the new fees here.
This may not affect everyone in the UK directly, however, as a foreigner who has decided to make his home here, I find it very annoying that the UK government chooses to milk foreigners for every penny they're worth. Even the old fees were seen as extortionate, but now, they are raised the fees so high, that most people will have to save for months, or borrow money to make these applications. The excuse is that this is how much it costs for processing these applications. RUBBISH. When I applied for my resident's permit in 2005, it took all of 5 minutes, and cost me Â£500. So let's pretend the visa cost Â£350, the office space is costing Â£100 to rent for 5 minutes, and the person who took the application is getting paid the remaining Â£50 for her work. That equates to Â£600 an hour. I want that job.