Immigration Health Surcharge To Rise
The Immigration Health Surcharge
The increase in health surcharge for migrants to £624 will be the most important and detrimental change. The current charges are £300 for a student or Tier 5 visa and £400 for all other applications. The Home Office will require any adult dependants to pay the same amount as the applicant.
Any migrants wishing to apply for a visa in the future should do so as soon as possible to avoid paying the increased health surcharge. The additional costs will only make it harder for individuals who are not in a good financial position. This increase will also reduce immigration and leave sectors with staff shortages. This may impact the NHS where around 153,000 of their 1.2 million staff have reported to be of non-British nationality.