The legislation for this change has already been tabled before Parliament, and the increase is expected to come into effect on January 16, 2024, or 21 days after Parliament’s approval, whichever is later.
Higher Rates for Immigration Health Surcharge
The main rate of the UK Immigration Health Surcharge for most applicants will increase significantly, from the current £624 per year to £1,035 per year. This represents a substantial increase of over 66%.
For students and individuals under the age of 18, the IHS will also increase, but to a lesser extent. The discounted rate will rise from £470 per year to £776 per year.
|Applicant Type||Current Rate||Proposed Rate|
|Standard Rate||£624 per year||£1,035 per year|
|Discounted Rate (Students and Individuals under 18)||£470 per year||£776 per year|
Payment Upfront Requirement
It is important to note that the immigration health surcharge is mandatory and must be paid upfront at the time of submitting an application for entry into or residence in the United Kingdom.
This fee covers access to the National Health Service (NHS) and ensures that individuals have access to healthcare services while they are in the country.
Employers Encouraged to Apply Early
In light of the UK’s upcoming Immigration Health Surcharge increase, a law firm has advised employers to submit upcoming visa applications for their employees before the change comes into effect to avoid the higher charge.
They also recommend considering applying for the maximum duration of sponsorship to minimize the impact of future fee increases.
Skilled Worker and Global Business Mobility Visas
It is important to mention here that skilled worker and global business mobility visas can be submitted up to three months prior to an individual’s proposed start date. This could be a valuable option for employers seeking to avoid the higher IHS fees.
Impact on Applicants
The increase is likely to have a significant impact on individuals seeking to enter or remain in the UK. The higher fees could deter some potential applicants and place an additional financial burden on others.
Employers and individuals should be aware of the upcoming IHS increase and take steps to plan accordingly. Submitting applications early and considering longer sponsorship durations can help to mitigate the impact of the higher fees.