United Kingdom: Immigration Health Surcharge increase set for October 2020

United Kingdom: Immigration Health Surcharge increase set for October 2020

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) in the United Kingdom is due to increase from October 1st, 2020.

What has changed?

The IHS is a fee that was introduced in April 2015 as part of foreign national’s immigration application for the United Kingdom. The IHS gives foreign nationals access to the National Health Service in the same way a UK national or resident has access, once their payment is received and and immigration application is granted. From October 2020 the following increase in the IHS fees will apply:

  • The standard rate will increase from £400 to £624 per annum
  • The discounted rate for students, their dependents, those on the Youth Mobility Scheme and children under the age of 18 will increase from £300 to £470 per annum

Please note the IHS will come into action from January 1st, 2021 along with other visa charges for EU/EEA nationals.

Who is affected?

All UK immigration applicants.

What to expect / impact?

All individuals and companies paying the IHS fees for their employees should budget for the increase in their costs and plan for this to impact EU and EEA nationals from January 2021.

For more information regarding the increase in the International Health Surcharge, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com. 

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