The Immigration Health Surcharge’s anticipated increase, initially set for 16th January 2024 as first stated, will not be taking place on that date. It has been confirmed that the increase will occur no earlier than 31 January 2024 at the earliest, as we informed you in our recent article.


We can now confirm that the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2024 has been passed and will come into effect on 6th February 2024.


This means that the new increased rate will apply to all those submitting applications on or after 6th February 2024.


The main rate per person will increase from £624 per year to £1,035 per year. The discounted rates for children per child will increase from £470 per year to £776. This means a typical family of 4 (two adults and two children) applying for a 2.5-year visa extension will be paying an IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge) fee of £9,055.00 rather than £5,470.00.


The increase is substantial and therefore many are submitting applications as soon as possible. Please note that under the immigration rules, you are permitted to submit your extension application 28 days before the expiry of your leave. Therefore, those whose visas expire on 4th March 2024 can submit an application before the change.


Contact us today if you would like to enquire whether you can submit your application before the change.


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