Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year
The government plans to double the immigration health surcharge paid by temporary migrants to the UK. The annual charge is paid by people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are seeking to live in the UK for 6 months or more to work, study or join family.
The surcharge will rise from £200 to £400 per year. The discounted rate for students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme will increase from £150 to £300.
This increase is justified by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the ground that the Department estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge payers.
There is no timetable at the moment because the change is “subject to parliamentary time and agreement”. The Immigration Health Surcharge will increase but not for now.