Immigration Health Surcharge to increase

12 Mar 2020, 06 mins ago

Rishi Sunak, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the 2020 Budget yesterday, outlining some significant reforms to support public services, businesses and individuals in the UK.

The Budget is a financial statement set by HM Treasury each year outlining the nation’s finances and the Government’s proposed changes to taxation, revenue and expenditure. 

This year’s Budget is set against the global outbreak of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and the UK Government’s pledge to protect health and security despite the increasing economic disruption the virus is causing.

The statement released today confirms an increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (“IHS”) from the current level of £400 per year to £624 per year. This change will be implemented in October 2020 and will apply to all non-EEA nationals and their relevant family members who make immigration applications to come and live in the UK.

As before, the mandatory IHS fee will only apply to those migrants who will remain in the UK for more than 6 months or to those who are extending their leave. 

The changes also include an increase in the normally discounted IHS fee for students and Youth Mobility Scheme migrants from £300 to £470 per year. 

Unlike the current scheme, children under the age of 18 will not be required to pay the full IHS fee. The surcharge will be capped at £470 per year for all child migrants in recognition of the financial impact that the fee increase will have on family groups.

From January 2021, the surcharge will also be applicable, under the same conditions, to all EEA migrants arriving in the UK under the proposed new immigration system. 

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts the increase in the IHS surcharge will generate additional revenue of approximately £150 million in the 2020-21 financial year.  


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Navka Raja 

  Navka Raja

  Immigration Consultant and Trainee Solicitor in our Private Client department