Immigration Health Surcharge
Students applying to study in the UK may be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of their visa application. Once this is paid, students will be entitled to use the National Health Service.
Who Needs to Pay
Where you are applying for a visa from outside the UK you are required to pay the surcharge if you are applying for a visa to study in the UK for more than six months (but you are not applying to remain in the UK permanently)
Where you are applying for a visa from inside the UK you are required to pay the surcharge if you are making an immigration application for any length of time, including applications for six months or less (but you are not applying to remain in the UK permanently)
You must pay the IHS even if you have private medical insurance.
You do not need to pay the IHS when making an applciation under the EU Settlement Scheme.
How Much to Pay
Where you are applying before December 2018, you and any dependants will be charged £150 per year.
Where you are applying from December 2018 to 26 October 2020, you and any dependants will be charged £300 per year.
Where you are applying from 27 October 2020 onwards, you and any dependants will be charged £470 per year.
How much you pay overall will depend on how much leave you are granted.
- Where the length of leave granted is six months or less, the amount payable will be half the annual surcharge.
- Where your application includes part of a year that is for more than six months, the full surcharge will be payable (e.g. if your length of leave is one year, six months and two days you will have to pay the surcharge for two years).
How to Pay
- Where you are applying for your visa online you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) in full during your online visa application.
- Where you are applying for your visa by post, you will need to pay the surcharge online before you send your application. You must include the IHS reference number on your application.
UKVI will contact you if you are required to pay a further surcharge after you submit the application. Please ensure you make the payment before the deadline that they give you.