On 11 October 2018, the Home Office laid an order before Parliament in accordance with section 38 of the Immigration Act 2014, ‘The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018’ seeking to double the NHS immigration health surcharge paid by temporary migrants to the UK.
The surcharge will rise from £200 to £400 per year. The discounted rate for students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme will increase from £150 to £300.
The increase will come into effect on 8 January 2019.
The annual charge is paid by people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are seeking to live in the UK for 6 months or more to work, study or join a family.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge payers. Projections suggest that the increased charges may provide around £220m extra every year, with this money going to NHS services.
Current NHS Immigration Health Surcharge Requirements
Some immigration applications are subject to the payment of the immigration health surcharge (IHS).
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 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.
For more details about the IHS, calculator and refunds please visit the Home Office’s page.
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