Health surcharge for non-EEA migrants from 6 April 2015

From 6 April 2015, non-EEA nationals applying to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months will have to pay a surcharge. This surcharge has to be paid for migrants to access NHS services.

The new health surcharge affects anyone applying on or after 6 April for permission to remain in the UK for 6 months or longer. This includes all settlement and citizenship eligible routes. The surcharge is £200 per year, reduced to £150 for students, and is payable at the same time a visa fees.

You can check if you have to pay the surcharge, and pay the fee, using the GOV.uk tool. Once you have paid the fee you will be given an immigration health surcharge (HIS) number.

You will need to provide the following information for yourself and any dependents when paying the fee:

  • your name
  • your nationality
  • the type of visa you’re applying for
  • your passport or travel document number
  • date of birth
  • an email address
  • your visa application centre if you’re applying overseas
  • your course dates if you’re applying as a student

For visa applications made outside the UK, you’ll have to pay if:

  • you’re a national of a country outside the European Economic Area
  • you’re applying for a visa to work, study or join your family in the UK for more than 6 months (but you’re not applying to permanently remain in the UK)
  • you’ve applied and paid your visa fee on or after 6 April 2015

For immigration applications made from within the UK, you’ll have to pay if:

  • you’re a national of a country outside the EEA
  • you’re making an immigration application for any length of time (but you’re not applying to permanently remain in the UK)
  • you’ve applied and paid your application fee on or after 6 April 2015

Your visa or immigration application will be turned down if you don’t pay the full amount:

  • within 10 working days if you’re inside the UK
  • within 7 working days if you’re outside the UK

There are limited exemptions for the surcharge as detailed on the GOV.uk website. Visitors staying in the country for less than six months will not have to pay any surcharge and will still be able to access NHS services with charges paid at point of use.

The funds raised from the surcharge will be used to fund NHS services across the country.

You can get more information on the surcharge from the GOV.uk website.


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