- 17 March 2020
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee which is levied on most visa applications in the UK. The healthcare fund is then used to run the National Health Service (NHS) and allows migrants to be able to access the NHS while living in the UK. In October 2020, the government will increase the annual Immigration Health Surcharge from £400 to £624. This was initially announced by Rishi Sunak, Chancellor, during his Budget speech.
The reduced Immigration Health Surcharge for students, dependants and those on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme will also increase from £300 to £470. Further to this, all children under the age of 18 will pay a surcharge of £470. When the new immigration system is in force in 2021, the fee will also be applicable to EEA nationals.
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee which is levied on most visa applications in the UK.
The increase effectively means that a migrant coming to the UK for 5 years will have to pay £3120, in addition to their visa fee. The UK has been notoriously known for its high visa fees and many are anxious that this will deter some of the best talent from around the world in applying to work in the UK.
The announcement has been somewhat confusing in the current climate. As the transitional period will end with the year, the government has stated that they are aiming to do more to attract skilled migrants to the UK. However, the increase in the IHS appears to debunk this.
This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full General Notices on our website.
Read, listen and watch our latest insights
- 22 February 2024
Time to take the heat off menopausal women
On 22 February 2024, the EHRC released guidance and resources for employers designed to help employers understand their legal obligations in relation to supporting workers experiencing menopausal symptoms.
- 22 February 2024
Talking Employment Law: What to do if you’re at risk of redundancy
In this podcast, Harry Berryman and Rebecca Dowle, members of the employment team, will talk through the steps that need to be taken for a redundancy to be fair and the range of criteria that can be used when determining which employees will be made redundant.
- 21 February 2024
FAQs Partner Visa UK
Discover the UK Spouse Visa: eligibility, finances, relationship criteria, and the latest updates in 2024 for a successful application.
- 19 February 2024
- Privacy and Data Protection
The role of Data Protection Officers in ensuring compliance
How many of us receive marketing calls for products and services we did not sign up for?
- 12 February 2024
The World of Work in 2024- What Can HR Expect?
In many senses, 2024 is unlikely to be a year with radical ruptures from those that have gone before it. The significance of 2024 though, is that it is likely to build upon those megatrends impacting the world of work, which have been emerging for some time now and are only likely to strengthen as we move on in time.