Following the announcement made by the Home Office in July 2023 regarding the changes to UK visa fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), the increase in the visa application fees was implemented in October 2023, and it has now been confirmed that the increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge will follow on the 16 January 2024.
The IHS fee is paid as a lump sum together with a visa application, and will cover the duration of the visa being applied for. With the fees set to double from £624 to £1,035 per year for adults, and from £470 to £776 per year for Students, Children and Youth Mobility visa holders, it is paramount for prospective applicants and employers to plan ahead for the budgeting of these new fees. If the payment of the IHS is not made at the time of submission, the application will normally be considered invalid by the Home Office.
With the upcoming increase in January 2024, applicants who can make applications early should consider doing so, in order to take advantage of the current rates.
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