An Order of December 18, 2018 authorizes the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective January 8, 2019.

The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise from £150 to £300 per year.

Introduced in 2015, the IHS is payable by those from outside the European Economic Area coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer.

Action Items

  • Affected individuals and their employers should contact an immigration specialist for specific advice.
  • Applicants are advised to submit their applications before January 8, 2019 to avoid the increased health charge.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.