What is the Immigration Health Surcharge?

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a levy paid by temporary migrants from non-EEA countries on top of the visa fee.  It is a contribution to the National Health Service (NHS) and covers the cost of healthcare during the validity of a visa. It is paid upfront when the visa is applied for.

What is changing?

The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018 has been approved, doubling the surcharge to £400 per person per year or £300 per year for students.

When will this change?

The earliest that the change can take effect is on 19 December 2018. However there has been no official Home Office statement to confirm this date and we understand that the increase will now be implemented in due course.

Who will it affect?

All non-EEA nationals that apply for time-limited visas to enter or remain in the UK to work, study or join family members that are issued for over 6 months. It excludes Indefinite leave to enter or remain.

How much will an application cost now?

The table below shows some examples of the impact this increase will have on total application fees.

Category Home Office Application Fee Current IHS Total Current Fees Increased IHS Total Increased Fees
Applying to come to the UK as a partner £1,523 £600 £2,123 £1,200 £2,723
Extending Leave as a Skilled Worker in the UK – 5 year visa £1,408 £1,000 £2,408 £2,000 £3,408
Extending Leave as a Student in the UK – 3 year visa £475 £450 £875 £900 £1,375

What should I do?

Any applications submitted before the implementation date will not be affected by the increase however as we do not know the implementation date, time is of essence here so if you are ready to make an application and want to avoid paying the increased levy then contact us.

Our advice is to apply sooner rather than later in case the change is brought in at very short notice.

Contact Us

If you would like to make an application or need advice on any immigration matter please contact us on 0191 243 8164. Or email Irim Ali.