UK government declared proposals to double IHS from £200 to £400 from December. Immigrant applying for visitor visas/ILR are relieved from paying the IHS.



The UK government has declared proposals for rising the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) from £200 to £400 a year.


Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS is the UK healthcare expense that non-EEA immigrants must pay as part of their immigration application process.


IHS was announced by the UK government in April 2015 advising migrants to make a reasonable contribution to the costs of National Health Services (NHS). Primarily, migrants outside of the EEA applying for more than six months of UK stay had to pay added fees of £200 per year alongside with their application submission.


The proposal to amplify the IHS was publicized in a publication from the department of health and social care. The article indicates that the surcharge will increase from £200 to £400 per year with amendments coming later this year.



Tier 4 Students and immigrants under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme that had vaguely discounted rate of £150 per year will also see an upsurge in their charges to £300 per annum.


Even though the date for the modifications hasn’t been indicated yet, the plans are projected to be implemented by the edge of this year.

It is anticipated that the escalation in IHS will escalate the NHS funding with a surplus of £220 million a year. According to the department’s assessments, the NHS spends approximately £470 a year on average per IHS paying immigrant.


The UK government report also comprises of further citations from the UK Immigration and Health ministers explaining the IHS upsurge and their interpretations on how it can prove advantageous for the NHS services.


James O’Shaughnessy, the Health Minister has been quoted in the publication expressing “Our NHS is always there when you need it, paid for by British taxpayers. We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but it is only right that they make a fair contribution to its long-term sustainability.”


The twelve-monthly NHS costs increment has been condemned across numerous media publications disputing how it doesn’t resolve the actual problem to advising why it can be really bad for the NHS.


Immigrant applying for visitor visas or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) are relieved from paying the immigration health surcharge.


If you have any doubts associated to IHS or your UK immigration application, feel free to contact an experienced Immigration lawyer near you as your application will be rejected if you fail to pay the accurate Immigration Health Surcharge.


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