Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to double in December

November 1, 2018

The Home Office have confirmed that the Immigration Health Surcharge is due to double from £200 to £400 per year from December 2018. The surcharge applies to non-EEA nationals applying for a visa to work, study or join family in the United Kingdom for six months or more. Sponsoring employers may pay the charge on behalf of foreign workers. The rate for students and applicants under the Youth Mobility Scheme will also double to £300 per year of the visa.

The increase is designed to bring the surcharge more in line with the average cost of the NHS in catering for foreign nationals in the United Kingdom following a report by the Health Department in February 2018. Payment of the charge allows foreign nationals to access NHS services in the same way as a permanent UK resident, including visits to a general practitioner, healthcare centre or hospital.

It is plausible that due to the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendation to create a unified immigration policy that the Immigration Health Surcharge may be rolled out for EEA nationals at some point in 2019. Cleaver Fulton Rankin will monitor developments and inform clients of any upcoming further changes to the Immigration Health Surcharge.

This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Immigration is a complex area of law for both corporates and individuals. Please contact our Immigration Law / Employment Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.

Conor McCrory, Associate, Immigration Law Team, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Solicitors.