In February 2018 the Government announced plans to increase the immigration health surcharge. The surcharge is payable by all migrants who come to work, study or join family in the UK. This allows them to access the NHS.
The Government have now confirmed that these plans are to go ahead in December 2018, subject to Parliamentary approval.
The fee is required to be paid up in full at the time of application. As an example, a migrant applying for a 5 year visa is required to pay £2,000 on top of the application fee, which is usually in excess of £1,000.
The proposals would see the surcharge increase from £200 to £400 per year for non-EU nationals, with students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme on the discounted rate of £300 per year.