Over the past five years, Home Office has received about £ 100 million in profits from visa fees for the registration of children as British citizens. The controversially high registration fee for children has reached £ 1 012 this year. This figure is several times higher than the estimated administrative costs to process visa applications. Last year, the profit from one application was £587. In 2017/18 33,000 children were successfully registered as British citizens, which brought Home Office income of £19 million in excess of the costs incurred.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed the above statistics, but explained that surplus income is not a profit, as it covers other costs associated with immigration and border control. The traditional explanation for high visa fees is that the system must "be funded by those who benefit from it".