Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge from 8th January 2019

Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge from 8th January 2019

The Government announced its plans in October 2018 to double the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) a fee which is paid by migrants seeking entry clearance and or leave to remain in the  United Kingdom (UK) for 6 months or more . The IHS is a contribution to the National Health Service (NHS) and it was first introduced by the Government in 2015. This payment is in addition to the visa application fee, which is mandatory. 

The planned increase to this fee was approved by Parliament last year and it was initially anticipated that the increase would take effect immediately however, the increase was brought into force as of 8 January 2019. Therefore, anyone applying to make an immigration application for permission to enter or remain in the UK needs to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) when they submit their application.

Tier 4 and Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) applicants will continue to pay a discounted rate of £300 a year and all other visa and immigration applicants will be required to pay £400 per year instead of £200. Please be aware that the exact amount that an applicant will have to pay is dependant on the duration of leave (i.e. visa permit) granted by the UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) as opposed to that which is sought by the applicant. It is therefore imperative for applicants to pay the correct IHS fees at the point of making their application – as failure to do so will delay their matter and they will be contacted by the UKVI in order to pay the difference.

The UKVI will refund monies back to applicants who have overpaid or to any who have had their applications refused. Applicants will be required to pay half of the yearly amount if the leave granted includes part of a year that is less than 6 months. However, if the leave granted includes part of a year that is more than 6 months, the applicant will have to pay the full amount charged for the whole year. 

If you need any help or further information about the above and or any Immigration enquiries, please contact Yemi Alli on 02477710218 or email yemi.alli@alsterskelley.com

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