Immigration Health Surcharge set to increase on or after 16 Jan 2024

The Immigration Health Surcharge is designed to ensure that migrants contribute to the cost of healthcare provided by the NHS. Earlier this year, the Secretary of State announced plans to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Back on 1 October 2020, Health Charge rates were adjusted to £624 for the full rate and £470 for students, their dependents, and Youth Mobility Scheme applicants. This adjustment aligned with a 2019 manifesto commitment to cover the average cost of treating Health Charge payers by the NHS.

The purpose of the forthcoming increase in the Health Charge remains the same, aiming to ensure that benefits and compensation for NHS workers keep pace with inflation and the rising cost of living.

Now, The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023 has confirmed these changes, setting new rates at £776 per year for children, students, their dependents, and youth mobility workers, and a significant increase to £1,035 per year for any other applicants. These changes will come into effect on the later of 16 January 2024 or the twenty-first day after the day on which it is made following its approval by the Houses of Parliament.


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