On 11th October 2018, the Home Office announced plans before parliament to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge in December 2018 subject to parliamentary approval.
The surcharge was first introduced in 2015 and applies to most non-EU applicants on a work, study or family visa longer than six months. The current surcharge is £150 a year for students and Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) migrants, and £200 for all other migrants. The surcharge will increase to £300 a year for students and Youth Mobility migrants and £400 a year for all other migrants. Asylum seekers and modern slavery victims continue to be exempt from paying the surcharge.
The Home Office report that the changes better reflect the cost to the NHS of treating migrants subject to the surcharge, as the Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year. In a written statement to Parliament Immigration minister Caroline Nokes commented as follows:
“The proposed amount is still below full average cost recovery level and remains a good deal for those seeking to live in the UK temporarily. These changes do not affect permanent residents, who are not required to pay the IHS.”
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