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Update: Increase of the Immigration Health Surcharge

Update: Increase of the Immigration Health Surcharge

As of today, (08th January 2019) the Immigration Health Surcharge has doubled. The increase is after the announcement on 28th November 2018, whereby the Parliament has approved the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018, which was planned to come into force on or after 19th December 2018.

This effectively mean that the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is currently paid by non-EEA nationals applying for a work, family or study to come to the United Kingdom for more than 6 months has doubled.

The new Immigration Health Surcharge is £300 per year for a student or a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa holder and £400 per year for all other visa holders (except EEA nationals and their family members and permanent residents).

According to the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, the increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge will help improve services in the NHS and will provide better funding for NHS users. Please see the link below to read more about her statement on the increase and how it will enhance the NHS:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/increase-to-immigration-health-surcharge-gives-nhs-extra-funding

These changes do not affect permanent residents, those who are applying for settlement in the United Kingdom or family members of EEA nationals exercising treaty rights in the United Kingdom.

Additionally, vulnerable migrants such as asylum seekers and modern slavery victims are exempt from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how it will affect your United Kingdom immigration matter, please contact our friendly team of experts at Barar & Associates at barar.london@bararassociates.co.uk or call us on 0207 487 8370.