The very latest news on the increase of the UK immigration health surcharge, set to double on 8 January 2019.
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UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge To Double from 8 January 2019

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

Our Advice

  • Affected individuals and their employers are advised to contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before 8 January to avoid the increased health surcharge.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to the UK, please email us at

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