Can You Get My Immigration Health Surcharge Refund For Me?
As a private immigration firm we are not affiliated with the Home Office and unfortunately cannot manage the process of getting a refund on your immigration health surcharge (IHS) unless we managed your application. If you believe you are owed a refund please check the government website for details of eligibility and how to apply and see our quick guide below.
If You Work in Health and Care
You may be eligible to get a refund of any IHS you paid to cover the period from 31/03/2020 but not before this date. You must have been in an eligible role for at least 6 months since 31/03/2020 and have worked at least 16 hours per week. The role must be eligible under the current government rules. If you meet the conditions and dependents will also be entitled to the refund.
You will get £200 for every 6 months you have paid and will need to apply every 6 months. You can apply here.
If you’re Eligible for the Health and Care Visa
If you have a Tier 2 Health and Care visa, or would have been eligible for one on or after 04/08/2020 then you should automatically get a full refund if you paid the IHS on or after 31/03/2020. If you have not yet received it please email the IHS refund team with your name, your sponsor’s name, your CoS number and your IHS number. The email you should use to contact the Home Office is [email protected]. The refunds will be paid to the account or card you originally paid with so do not send your bank details. Do not use this email address for other queries as they will be ignored.
Other Immigration Health Surcharge Refunds
You will be refunded for your Immigration Health Surcharge if you pay twice, your visa application is refused or you withdraw your application. You will get a partial refund for any refused dependants or if you get less time on your visa than you applied for.
If you are granted a visa but do not come to the UK, leave the UK before your visa ends, are told to leave the UK before your visa expires, or apply for ILR you will not be eligible for a refund.
How Long Does it Take?
It should arrive within 6 weeks, although it may take linger if you appeal or ask for an administrative review where your visa application was refused. If you do not receive it within 6 weeks you could contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk
If you would like help managing a visa application, including the new Health and Care visa, we can help. Get in touch for a consultation on 01403 801 801 or email us at [email protected]