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Mrs Pirata and I have now been together long enough for her to get a new, better visa.

And I've just found out that for the priviledge of queueing up in Croydon from some ungodly our, having a few papers glanced over and a stamp in her passport, we are going to have to pay £500.

£500!!!!!!!

Until a couple of years ago this was free. How can they possibly justify this?

Sorry if this is OT but I am furious

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Mrs Pirata and I have now been together long enough for her to get a new, better visa.

And I've just found out that for the priviledge of queueing up in Croydon from some ungodly our, having a few papers glanced over and a stamp in her passport, we are going to have to pay £500.

£500!!!!!!!

Until a couple of years ago this was free. How can they possibly justify this?

I'm afraid you're having to pay for the privilege of dealing with illegals, I'm not making a political point but eitherway their budgets have been somewhat under pressure over recent years, same goes for the inflated charges for passports thanks to botched infrastructure. When ID cards come into place things are going to be somewhat sour on the passport front.

Remember things that were previously provided as a public service, stuff like DVLA, Driving Standards etc are expected to be revenue positive, sadly this isn't the case for the Home Office but they have to scrape together every last penny.

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Mrs Pirata and I have now been together long enough for her to get a new, better visa.

And I've just found out that for the priviledge of queueing up in Croydon from some ungodly our, having a few papers glanced over and a stamp in her passport, we are going to have to pay £500.

£500!!!!!!!

Until a couple of years ago this was free. How can they possibly justify this?

Sorry if this is OT but I am furious

As an immigrant myself (to the US) I have found that charges levied on non-citizens for various sundry official tasks are always ridiculous. It started even before I left the UK. To get an interview at the US embassy, you have to call this number to make an appointment. Guess what? It is a premium rate line. And yes, they speak verrry verrrrry verrrrrry slowly.

The reason is this: as a non-citizen, you cannot vote. So, if you think the charges are too high, what are you going to do about it? Nada.

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  • 302 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



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