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The Immigration Health Surcharge is to increase from £400 to £624 in October 2020, the government has announced. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an extra £6bn for the NHS, but buried news that the government plans to hike up the immigration health surcharge.
A Government Policy document outlines the following:
“This measure increases the Immigration Health Surcharge from the current level of £400 per year to £624 per year for each surcharge liable non-EEA temporary migrant (including dependants). The measure also increases the discounted rate for students, their dependents and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470. The surcharge will also be set at £470 for all children under the age of 18”
The Policy document continues:
“This will be implemented in October 2020 and expanded to include future EEA temporary migrants at the increased rate from January 2021”
Migrants already pay for the NHS through their taxes. The immigration surcharge is on top of regular tax and national insurance that all workers pay. The fee levied for migrants to use the NHS has now tripled within 14 months pointing towards continuation of the Conservatives “hostile environment”. The levy is added on to visa applications as an annual fee and must be paid up front before permission is granted to work.
This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Immigration is a complex area of law for both corporates and individuals. Please contact the Business Immigration team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.