The UK government have just announced that the Immigration health surcharge will be going up from £400 to £635 in October 2020.
This move was confirmed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak during a budget presentation session. His accompanying policy document states:
This measure increases the Immigration Health Surcharge from the current level of £400 per year to £624 per year for each surcharge liable non-EEA temporary migrant (including dependents). The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18.
This will be implemented in October 2020 and expanded to include future EEA temporary migrants at the increased rate from January 2021.
All UK visa applicants are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their application fee. This is to enable access to the National Health Service (NHS).
Students on discounted rates and their dependents or children below 18 years and persons on the Youth Mobility Scheme will be charged £470, this used to be £300.
This increase is in line with the Tory government's manifesto in 2019, where they promised to increase the IHS to increase funding to the NHS. So, in a sense, the increase was expected. What was not expected, however, is the timing of the increase as well as the manner in which this was going to implement.
Taxpaying migrants already pay for the NHS through their taxes, so this increase in a way represents a tax on UK visas. Other visa fees do not appear to be going up as well, so this will only serve to increase the total cost of visa applications to the UK in many regards.
The surcharge is expected to be paid at the beginning of every visa application process and for applicants whose visa application processes were not successful will be refunded.
If you're applying online, you'll be asked for:
your start and end dates on your certificate of sponsorship
If you're applying by post, you'll also be asked for:
If you're making an immigration application online you pay the healthcare surcharge as part of the application process. You must complete the payment and return to the online immigration application in less than 30 minutes.
If you're making an immigration application by post you must pay the healthcare surcharge before you complete your application.
There is certain information you will need to provide when paying for IHS, this includes;
Similar information will be needed for
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