Immigration Health Surcharge to double from December 2018
The UK Government is to double the current Immigration Health Surcharge from December 2018.
This shocking announcement was first made in February 2018. However, the Home Office at the time did not confirm the date the increase will take place. The Home Office has now confirmed that it is set to come into effect in December 2018, subject to approval from Parliament.
The Government said that the increase would add an estimated £220 million to the coffers of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
According to the UK Government, they estimate that the NHS spends an average of £470 on average per person per year on treating those required to pay this health surcharge. They said that the increases thus better reflect the cost to the NHS of treating persons paying the surcharge.
Immigration Health Surcharge Increases
The new immigration health surcharge will double the amount payable by all visa applicants.
At present, the Immigration Health Surcharge payable by a person applying for a UK visa) is £200 per year. All visa applicants, will thus henceforth pay £400 per year.
A client applying for a UK Ancestry Visa for a period of five-years will thus be liable to pay a very hefty £2,000 from December 2018.
Applicants in the Student Visa and Youth Mobility Visa category pay a lower discounted surcharge. The surcharge for the discounted categories is £150 per year, per applicant. They will in from December 2018 pay £300 per year, per applicant.
Persons applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship do not have to pay the immigration health surcharge. Vulnerable groups, such as slavery victims and asylum seekers are exempt. The Immigration Health Surcharge is also not payable by applicants for Visitor visas.
Implications of the Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge
Breytenbachs highly recommend that clients who can apply for their UK visas, before the increase take charge, to contact us without delay.
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