The Immigration Department has proposed raising 30 service charges by up to 21 per cent this summer to achieve full cost recovery by 2013. Under the plan, an ordinary visa application and an extension of stay will both cost $160 - $25 more than now. A transit visa will go up 20 per cent to $84. Locals will be asked to pay $50 and $205 more when applying for HKSAR passports and naturalisation as a Chinese national, respectively - upping the fees to $370 and $1,570. But fees for seven items, such as replacing an identity card, will be slashed by up to 30 per cent to reflect the reduced costs of providing the services. The government said the revised fees would come into effect on June 19 and were in response to a recent cost review, which found most fees were too low to recover the full service costs. 'In line with the user pays principle, it is government policy that fees should, in general, be set at levels sufficient to recover the full cost of providing the services,' a department spokesman said. 'The fee increases are moderate and should have little impact on the daily life of the general public.' It is hoped that the increases will help achieve full cost recovery within three to seven years.