What is UK’s Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?


The Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015 provided for the introduction of IHS to ensure that temporary migrants make a financial contribution to the NHS that is commensurate to their immigration status.

  • All revenues generated goes to the UK health services not the Home Office of Department of Health.
  • Who pays it? Most temporary migrants applying to work, study or join/remain with family in the UK.
  • Who doesn’t pay it? Visitors, indefinite leave to remain, those entering the UK for 6 months or less, certain exempt categories (for example, Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers)
  • How much is it? £200 per person per year (£150 for students) payable upfront.

Exemption: You don’t need to pay if you are a UK citizen or an EU citizen or you have indefinite leave to remain. If you are applying for fiance visa, you are not required to pay Immigration Health Surcharge too.

For more details, you can see it Immigration Health Surcharge Overview

Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)

  1. Are all applicants overseas have to pay IHS? Yes. All overseas applicants will pay the immigration health surcharge as part of their online visa application.
  2. I have paid the surcharge twice. How do I get a refund? Customers who think they may have paid the surcharge twice should first check to see if they have two separate payment confirmations. For applications made from within the UK customers should log on to the health surcharge payment website and request a refund.

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