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Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) increase is set to take effect on 31st of January 2024 at the earliest.

Jan 08, 2024

What is the IHS?

The IHS is a fee imposed on the majority of individuals applying for immigration permission in the UK.

Those applying under the Visitor route, the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) or for indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR) are exempt from paying the IHS (see the full list of exceptions here).

Under the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023 (‘the Order’) laid before Parliament on 19 October 2023, the IHS is set to increase from £624 to £1,035 per year for adult applicants and from £470 to £776 per year for children, students, their dependants and applicants under the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS). This represents a 66% and 65% increase for the respective rates.

The increase was set to come into force on 16 January 2024, however, it is scheduled to be debated in the House of Commons on 10 January 2024 and the increase may only be implemented 21 days after it becomes law. The IHS increase should, therefore, take effect from 31 January 2024.

How much more will I need to pay?

The table below compares the current and increased IHS fees in different application scenarios.

How will this change impact migration to the UK?

The Government has recently published a statement predicting that the upcoming IHS increase will have a ‘negligible impact on inflows’ of UK immigration […].

The true ramifications of this increase on the UK immigration system are still unknown, but there is no doubt that it will lead to a more discerning wave of migrants coming to the UK.

How will this alteration affect my situation?

UK immigration applications made after the Order takes effect will be subject to the IHS increase. Note that the earliest this is likely to take place is on 31 January 2024, however, this may be pushed back to February or even later. Applicants wishing to avoid the increase in IHS must apply before the Order takes effect and those considering applying for UK immigration permission may wish to review their circumstances to determine whether they are eligible to apply earlier to avoid the increase in the IHS.

Employers are highly encouraged to expedite their applications for foreign national employees without delay.

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