The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) allows an individual coming to the UK to have full access to the National Health Service (NHS). It is an upfront cost paid when submitting a visa application, which allows the individual to access the NHS without any restriction.
The Government announced in October 2023 that the immigration health surcharge that is payable in visa applications is scheduled to increase by 66% on 16th January 2024 by way of introducing the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023.
The increase was proposed to help cover the cost of the public sector as the costs have not increased for the past 3 years.
The main rate for per person will increase from £624 per year to £1035 per year. The discounted rates for children per child will increase from £470 per year to £776.
It has now been announced that the increase will not be taking place on 16th January 2024 as expected. Although they have not given a definitive date, it has been confirmed it will be no earlier than 31 January 2024 at the earliest.
If you are intending to come to the UK in the near future, then we would suggest that you apply for your visa now prior to the change taking place. This will allow you to benefit from the current charges. If you are intending to apply for an extension to your current visa, then you may wish to apply now.
Please note that as a general rule for most immigration applications, you are permitted to extend your visa 28 days before the expiry of your current visa. This means that should your visa be due to expire in February 2024, then you may be able to apply now.
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