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Immigration Health Surcharge: Rise confirmed

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On 15th January 2024 the draft Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023 was approved by the House of Parliament. It has been confirmed that the increase will become effective 21 days after the Order is made, meaning no earlier than 6th February 2024.

Top Tip: For those people wanting to avoid the increased rate of the Immigration Health Surcharge should submit their applications by 5th February 2024.

What is the increase?

The Immigration Health Surcharge for most applicants will increase significantly from £624 to £1035 per year and for students and their dependants, or those on Youth Mobility Scheme and child applicants the fees are to increase from £470 per year to £776 per year.

Who is not affected by the increase?

There is no IHS for the following if;

  • you’re applying for indefinite leave to enter or remain.
  • you’re a health and care worker who is eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa (or you’re their dependant)
  • you’re applying to the EU Settlement Scheme
  • you’re a diplomat or a member of a visiting armed forces and not subject to immigration control
  • you’re a dependant of a member of the UK’s armed forces
  • you’re the dependant of a member of another country’s armed forces who is exempt from immigration control
  • you’re applying for a visa for the Isle of Man or Channel Islands
  • you’re a British Overseas Territory citizen resident in the Falkland Islands
  • you’re an asylum seeker or applying for humanitarian protection (or you’re their dependant)
  • you’re a domestic worker who has been identified as a victim of slavery or human trafficking
  • you’re applying for discretionary leave to remain in the UK as someone who has been identified as a victim of slavery or human trafficking (or you’re their dependant)
  • the Home Office’s domestic violence concession applies to you (or you’re their dependant)
  • being made to leave the UK would be against your rights under Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights (or you’re their dependant)
  • you’re an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • you’re eligible for a Frontier Worker permit and have an S1 certificate

For those individuals who cannot afford to pay the IHS can request a fee waiver provided they can illustrate that they cannot afford to pay the fee.

Contact the Immigration Team today for any further immigration advice on 02392660261.