17 January 2019

UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge doubles

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a levy paid by foreign nationals of non-EEA countries (on work, study or family visa for longer than 6 months) which allows them access to the NHS services in the same way as UK citizens.

Effective from 8 January, the cost will increase to from £200 to £400 per year for non-EU nationals, with students on the discounted rate of £300 per year.

This IHS fee, which is paid on top of the visa fee, counts as their contribution to the National Health Service (NHS) during the validity of the visa and is paid upfront when the visa is applied for.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said ‘the extra money raised will go directly towards sustaining and protecting our world-class healthcare system. We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but the NHS is a national, not international health service and we believe it is right that they make a fair contribution to its long-term sustainability.’

These changes do not affect permanent residents, who are not required to pay the surcharge.

How does this affect the client?

All clients who have employees who intend to relocate to the UK for over 6 months should be aware of this change.

Those visiting for under 6 months, including those on visitor visas, are generally charged for secondary care treatment by the NHS at the time of access.




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