Immigration Health Surcharge Increase

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee/tax imposed by the Government on the majority of individuals applying to come and live, work or study in the UK. The IHS was introduced in 2015 to raise money from migrants for the National Health Service.

Those applying under the Visitor route, the EU Settlement Scheme or for indefinite leave to remain in the UK  are currently exempt from paying the IHS.

The IHS is set to increase from £624 to £1,035 per year for adult applicants and from £470 to £776 per year for children, students, their dependants and applicants under the Youth Mobility Scheme. This is a huge increase of 66%.

The increase was scheduled to come into force on 16 January 2024. However, the earliest it can take effect is 31 January 2024.

The table below compares the current and increased IHS fees:

Length of immigration permission
1 year 3 years 5 years
Current fee Increased fee Current fee Increased fee Current fee Increased fee
Adult applicants £624 £1,035 £1,872 £3,105 £3,120 £5,175
Child applicants £470 £776 £1,410 £2,328 £2,350 £3,880

The IHS is charged in 6 months increments. This means applicants must pay 50% of the annual fee for a period including part of a year that is 6 months or less, and the full annual amount for a period including part of a year that is over 6 months.

Tom Redfern     tredfern@redfernlegal.com