The increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

from £400 to £624, will take effect on October 27,

2020. UK immigration applications submitted before October 27

will therefore be significantly cheaper.

A reduced rate of £470 (previously £300) will apply

to students, their dependents, Youth Mobility visa holders and

anyone under 18.

Applicants for a Health and Care visa are exempt from paying the


Migrant health and care workers not covered by the Health and

Care visa who have paid the IHS can apply online for a reimbursement every

six months.

  • They must have worked for at least 16 hours per week over the

    full six months.

  • The scheme applies to a wide range of occupations.
  • Refunds are backdated to 31 March 2020.
  • Those on a Tier 2 (General) visa cannot use the scheme but

    instead can email to

    ask about a refund.

The IHS is currently payable by those from outside the EEA

coming to the UK to work, study or to join family for six months or


Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact

an immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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