Headed to the UK? Be Prepared for the Immigration Health Surcharge Increase

The UK government has announced plans to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for most applicants starting in January 2024. The main rate of the IHS for most applicants will increase significantly, from the current £624 per year to £1,035 per year.
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The UK government has announced plans to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for most applicants starting in January 2024.

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.

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Applicant TypeCurrent RateProposed Rate
Standard Rate£624 per year£1,035 per year
Discounted Rate (Students and Individuals under 18)£470 per year£776 per year

Also Read: Visa Processing Times: How Long Does It Take to Get a UK Visa?

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.

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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.

Conclusion

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.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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