If you hold a visa, and you have worked at least 16 hours per week in the health and care sector for a period of 6 months, you are entitled to an Immigration Health Surcharge refund.


If you have any dependents, then you would be entitled to a refund of their IHS fees too. An IHS currently costs £624 per adult per year, while the cost for a child or student is £470. The government recently announced an increase to the IHS, however it hasn’t been announced then this will come into effect.  You can learn more about the fee increases here.


How do I meet the requirements?


You will meet the requirements if you:


1. Hold a visa that entitles you to work (skilled worker, student, dependent, spouse, etc)

2. You have worked an average of 16 hours per week for a full 6 months in the health and care sector.

3. You have worked continuously for at least 6 months on or after 31st March 2020.

4. Are employed by an employer who is a recognised health or care provider.


What documents do I need to provide?


The documents you will need to provide include the following:


1. National Insurance Number

2. Immigration Health Surcharge number

3. Employers’ details

4. Payslips


So, if you are here in the UK on a spouse visa or student visa and have been working part time in the health and care sector, you will be entitled to a refund.


Refunds will be given reflecting 6-month periods. Should your application be successful, then you should receive the refund within 6 weeks.


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