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Increase in Immigration Health Surcharge

From December 2018 it is most likely that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will be doubled. The applicants will be affected in the following way - 

  • 1 Year Visa - £200 will be Increased to £400
  • 30 months Spouse Visa within the UK will increase from £500 to £1000
  • Spouse Visa from Outside the UK are likely to pay £1200 for IHS rather than £600 presently 
  • 3 Years Tier 2 Visa - £1200 rather than £600
  • 5 Years Tier 2 Visa - £2000 rather than £1000
  • Youth Mobility Scheme and Tier 4 Student Visa - will pay £300 per year rather than £150 presently

It is clear that the IHS costs if approved UK immigration process will be one of the most expensive immigration processes upon approval from the parliament. 

The costs increase is made with the intention to provide NHS £220 million in extra funding. 

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:

Our NHS is always there when you need it, paid for by British taxpayers. We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but the NHS is a national, not international health service and we believe it is right that they make a fair contribution to its long-term sustainability.

I am pleased that we are a step closer to implementing the changes to the health surcharge, and the extra money raised will go directly towards sustaining and protecting our world-class healthcare system.

It is only fair that people who come to the UK make a contribution to the running of the NHS, and even with the increase we still continue to offer a good deal on healthcare for those seeking to live in the UK temporarily.

IHS increase coming into force

The IHS increase (Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018) was approved in the Commons on 21 November 2018 and in the Lords on 28 November 2018. This means that it will come into force on a date of the Government's choosing on or after 19 December 2018.


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