The United Kingdom has announced that an increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge will take effect on Oct. 27.

Key Points:

  • The new fee of £624 will take effect for applications made on and after Oct. 27, 2020. The current fee is £400.
  • Individuals applying for a Health and Care visa will be exempt from the surcharge.
  • Those applying for Tier 4 General Student visas, Tier 5 Youth Mobility visas or applicants under the age of 18 will qualify for a reduced fee of £470.

Background: The Immigration Health Surcharge is an additional fee from the Home Office visa application fee. It allows migrants to access the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The Immigration Health Surcharge has been mandatory since 2015.

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