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Immigration Health Surcharge set to double

Last month, it was announced by the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, that the Immigration Health Surcharge is set to double from £200 to £400 per year. This will apply to migrants from outside the EU who wish to stay in the UK for at least 6 months. This is subject to Parliamentary approval and is likely to take effect from December.

The Immigration Health Surcharge was introduced in 2015 and payment is taken when you apply for your visa. This is the first time that this has increased since it was implemented, however it should be noted that this does not fulfil the Conservative manifesto pledge to increase the charge to £600 per year.

So why is there an increase? This increase is following a review by the Department of Health and Social Care which stated that the NHS spends an average of £470 per person a year on treating people who pay the surcharge. Therefore the new surcharge will still be below the average reported cost.

It should be noted that certain individuals could be exempt from paying the Immigration Health Surcharge such as asylum seekers and modern slavery victims as well as those on a visitor visa.

In light of the proposed increase, if you are eligible for a new visa, it is best to do this before the new charge comes into effect. We, at Lupton Fawcett, can assist you with your application for your new visas on a fixed fee basis. Please contact Arif Khalfe to discuss this with him today.

Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.

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