October 16, 2020 1,448
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a charge that has to be paid by many visa applicants in addition to the visa application fee, but those in some categories (eg visitors, refugees, EEA nationals, settlement applicants) do not have to pay it. The money goes towards the National Health Service, and is justified by the idea that migrants should pay their way for state healthcare. (Actually, many migrants work for a living and in any case pay taxes towards the NHS but they still have to pay the IHS, so they end up paying twice.)
Anyway, the IHS is currently set at £400 per year for most visa applicants so if you are, for example, applying for a three-year visa the surcharge is £1,200. Some categories of applicant, eg students, pay a lower rate of £300 per year.
On 27 October 2020 the IHS rates are increasing. The standard rate will increase to £624 per year, which constitutes a healthy increase of 56%. However, students and those in a few other categories will only have to pay £470.
So this tells us that if you submit your visa application before 27 October you are going to save yourself some money: for most applicants a three-year visa will cost £672 less.
It is important to remember that the “date of application” is the date that the online visa application is submitted, so as long as the online application is submitted on any date before the 27th the lower rate will apply.
If you want to submit your visa application in a hurry we may be able to help you.
Apr 06, 2021
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Mar 10, 2021
Now that Brexit has been done, free movement is grinding to a halt. EEA nationals who have no previous history in the UK are no longer able to apply for Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status and, if they want to apply to come to the UK, they face the same range of visa options as […]
Feb 04, 2021
As we all know, the UK has now left the EU. And, as some of us know, there is currently a transitional period – also known as a “grace period” – for EEA nationals and their family members. EEA nationals and their family members (whether EEA or non-EEA) are and have been able to apply […]
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