UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double [UPDATED]

By Peregrine

[UPDATE] On 11 October 2018 the government laid before parliament the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018, which seeks to double the IHS to £400 per annum. Students, as well as those on the Youth Mobility Scheme, will continue to receive a discounted rate of £300.

The increase is set to come into effect in December 2018 subject to Parliamentary approval.

[Original Story] The government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £200 to £400 per year.

The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise from £150 to £300 per year.

Introduced in 2015, the IHS is payable by those from outside the European Economic Area coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer.

The increase is likely to be implemented sometime this year.

Action Items

  • Affected individuals and their employers should contact an immigration specialist for specific advice.
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