One would have been forgiven for thinking that in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic which has left millions of people out of work, the Home Office might have exercised a little compassion and lowered the costs of its immigration and nationality applications.
After all, it makes a profit of up to ten times the actual cost of processing the applications.
Even reducing the fees by half would have still meant a significant profit.
Sadly, but predictably, this has not happened.
After all, the Home Office did not build its reputation for immeasurable cruelty by acting reasonably and with compassion.
The fees for the coming year have not been reduced but will remain the same.
We should be grateful however as there was every chance that they might have been increased to give the government an even larger profit.
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