Increase to immigration health surcharge

11 March 2020

As part of today's budget, the UK Government has announced that the immigration health surcharge (IHS) will increase from 1 October 2020.

This means that students and their family members will be required to pay £470 a year, instead of the current annual charge of £300. Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) applicants will pay the same amount. 

Other applicants who are liable to pay the IHS will be charged £624 a year, instead of the current £400 charge. However, children under 18 years old will pay £470 a year.

The policy costings document accompanying the budget confirms the date of implementation as October 2020. It also states that European Economic Area (EEA) nationals will be required to pay the immigration health surcharge at these new rates from January 2021. However, this does not apply to EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members who have settled status (indefinite leave) or pre-settled status (limited leave) under the EU settlement scheme or who are eligible to apply for immigration permission under this scheme (the deadline for making an application is 30 June 2021). They remain exempt from the immigration health surcharge.