The British Government first introduced the health immigration surcharge on 6 April 2015. Since this date all non-EEA nationals (excluding the dependents of EEA nationals on EEA permits) applying for UK visas for a period longer than six months have to pay a UK health surcharge.
The introduction of the health surcharge was introduced by the UK Government as they wanted to ensure that non-EEA nationals make an appropriate financial contribution to the cost of making use of the National Health Service (NHS).
What is the cost of the Health Immigration Surcharge?
The cost is £150 per year for students. All other applicants will pay £200 per year. Dependents applying for visas are also subject to the surcharge.
When applying for your visa, an applicant will have to pay to cover the whole period of stay for each application. For example; if you are applying for a UK Ancestry Visa for five years, you will have to pay £1,000 (£200 x 5 years).
Visitors and Health Immigration Surcharge
Non-EEA nationals who are applying for UK visas for periods in excess of six months will be subject to the health surcharge. Visitor visas are thus exempted from the surcharge.
ILR and British Citizenship applications
Exemptions include; Dependents of a member of Her Majesty’s Forces and migrants who apply under the Home Office concession known as the ‘destitute domestic violence concession.’ Please contact your BIC consultant for more information about exemptions.
All UK visa applications, subject to this surcharge, have to be accompanied by proof of payment of the surcharge. It is payable for the total period of the UK visa being applied for. The amount is collected as part of the immigration application, and the payment is mandatory.
If a visa application is unsuccessful, the applicant will receive a refund.