Immigration health surcharge will increase from £200 to £400 per year on 8 January 2019

On 11 October 2018, the Home Office drafted an order under section 38 of the Immigration Act 2014, ‘The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018’ planning to double the NHS immigration health surcharge paid by temporary migrants to the UK.

The increase will come into effect on 8 January 2019. The surcharge will rise from £200 to £400 per year, for applications made on or after that date. Tier 4 General students and those on Youth Mobility Scheme will also witness an increase from £150 to £300 with a discounted rate.

The immigration health surcharge is paid by migrants from outside of the EEA who are seeking to live in the UK for 6 months or more to work, study or join family.

Current NHS Immigration Health Surcharge Requirements

The applicants who are making immigration application online or through a premium service centre, have to pay the IHS as part of the application or when booking an appointment.

If application is made by post, healthcare surcharge is paid online before the application is sent (the IHS reference number must be indicated in the application form).

Amount of current NHS Immigration Health Surcharge

  • £150 per year for a student or Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa, eg £300 for a 2-year visa
  • £200 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, eg £1,000 for a 5-year visa
  • Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as the main applicants

Only half of the yearly amount should be paid if the application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months. The migrant will have to pay for a whole year if the application includes part of a year that is more than 6 months.

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