Updated 30 June 2015
From 5 July 2015, the Tier 4 application forms will automatically calculate how much of the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) applicants have to pay. This change will affect the Tier 4 application system on 4 July 2015.
- If you are applying in the UK then you should complete your Tier 4 application and pay the IHS before 6:59 in the morning on Saturday 4 July, otherwise you should start a new application after this time. If you try to continue with an existing application after this time then your application might be rejected and/or you might have to pay the IHS twice.
- If you are applying overseas then you should pay the IHS and submit your Tier 4 application before 5:59 in the evening (UK time). If you continue with an existing application after this time then it might be rejected and/or you might have to pay the IHS twice. Therefore if you are not able to complete an existing application before this time you should start a new application.
If you think you have paid the IHS twice you should check whether you have received two separate payment confirmations. if you are in the UK you can request a refund via the IHS payment website; if you are overseas you should notify the visa application centre (VAC) when you attend your biometric appointment and ask them to process a refund.
If you are starting a new application then we would recommend waiting until 5 July 2015 to do so in order to avoid any problems with the application forms (in a separate communication the Home Office has said that the application form in the UK will be operational again from 4:01 in the morning on Sunday 5 July 2015). However, if you are in the UK and your current leave expires on 4 July 2015 then you should
complete your new application before 6:59am on Saturday 4 July.
If you have concerns about how this will affect your application then you should speak to an adviser at your institution as soon as possible. If you are unable to speak to an adviser then you may wish to call our advice line.