Immigration Health Surcharge set to increase by 66% on 6 February 2024

18 Jan 2024, 36 mins ago

The Home Office has issued further clarification on the changes to UK business immigration

Following the UK Government’s policy to reduce net migration, the Immigration Health Surcharge (“IHS”), occupation-related going rates of pay and the general salary thresholds are set to increase.

Visa applicants will also be seeing an increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (“IHS”) coming into effect on 6 February 2024. The charge is set to rise by 66%, namely from £624 a year to £1,035 a year, for all the relevant categories for entry clearance or leave to remain applications in respect of persons aged 18 or over. Children under the age of 18 will be seeing an increase from £470 a year to £776 a year.

Other changes to business immigration are due to come into effect in April 2024, when the new general salary threshold is set to increase from £26,200 to £38,700 for all jobs at Level 3 or above on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Following this change, it is likely that employers will only be willing to sponsor more senior roles in order to avoid paying over the market rate for more junior roles. This increase, however, will not apply to individuals on Health and Care visas and education workers on national pay scales.

Another change is that those on Health and Care visas will no longer be able to bring their dependants to the UK. Those already holding this visa will be allowed to remain with their dependants when extending, changing employment and applying for settlement.

If you would like to know how these changes apply to you, please contact a member of our UK Inbound Immigration Team who will be happy to assist you with your immigration queries.

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