UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge to Increase from October 2020

The United Kingdom government has announced that, effective October 2020, the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £400 to £624 per year.

The measure, part of the government’s Budget 2020 policy paper, also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470 per year. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18.

From 1 January 2021, the IHS will also apply to new temporary migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA).

Introduced at £200 in 2015, and doubled in 2019, the IHS is currently payable by those from outside the EEA coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer.

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