Immigration Health Surcharge Increase to be Delayed Until October 27th

The Immigration Health Surcharge payable by almost all migrants on a temporary visa was due to rise from £400 a year to £624 as of October 1st. This has however been delayed. The draft order which set the original date for October 1st has now been replaced by a new draft order. The new draft order will still hike up the surcharge but it only comes into force 21 days after it is made into law, as it has now been signed it will come into force on October 27th.

This provides a bit of leeway for those scrambling to get their applications in before the surcharge rises, but individuals should still work hard to ensure their application is in before October 27th in order to avoid paying the higher fee. The new order also sets out that applicants applying under the new Health and Care visa will be exempt from the surcharge while students and their dependents, Youth Mobility Visa holders and anyone under 18 will only have to pay a reduced rate of £470.

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