Immigration Health Surcharge: New Fees from 8 January 2019.


From 8 January 2018 the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will officially double. The Increase in IHS is a huge concern for all migrants who wish to live and work in the UK legally. It may cause serious financial hardship for all applicants who wish to apply for limited leave to remain in the UK.

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced in 2015. Since its implementation, the Home Office has collected over £600 million. The amount collected through IHS, as per the claim of the Home Office, is invested back into the Health Departments of the United Kingdom. The government targets to raise and collect nearly £1 billion through IHS over the next five years from migrants as part of their visa application.

The IHS is targeted at non-EU nationals who intend to study and work in the United Kingdom or who are on family visas provided the stay in the UK is for more than 6 months and in order to gain access to the medical services provided by the NHS.

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 What is on this page?

  • Introduction
  • Current Fees for Immigration Health Surcharge
  • New Fees
  • Exemption from Immigration Health Surcharge
  • Rules for Visitors

Current Fees

Currently, if you are a student or on the Youth Mobility scheme then you have to pay £150 for each year. So for example, if you would like to stay for 2 years as a student you have to pay £300 as an IHS.

For any other immigration category, the IHS is currently at £200. So, for example, an application for further leave to remain as a dependant of a person present and settled in the UK, which if successful grants a limited leave for 2.5 years, one has to pay £500 (£200 × 2.5 years).

New Fees

From 8 January 2018, if you are applying for a student visa or on a Youth Mobility Scheme then you have to pay £300 IHS per year, which is double of current IHS fee. For all other applicants, the IHS will be £400 per year which is again double of current IHS fee. When you add this increase with already astronomical application fees, it is likely to cause serious financial hardship for immigrants who wish to live and work in the UK legally.

Exemption from HIS

If you are a permanent resident in the UK or have a settled status you are nor required to pay any health surcharge in order to get access to NHS. In certain cases of Asylum and all cases bases on modern slavery, the applicant is exempt from HIS.

Rules for Visitors

If you intend to visit and stay in the United Kingdom for less than 6 months, then you are not required to pay any Immigration Health Surcharge. You can still seek medical treatment and allowed to access to NHS, however, you will be charged for the health services provided to you.

If you are affected by the issues raised in this news article, you can seek legal advice from legalally’s experienced immigration lawyers instantly.

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