Impending Surge in Immigration Health Surcharge

Impending Surge in Immigration Health Surcharge

With the imminent hike in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) set for 16 January 2024, applicants looking to secure a UK visa are advised to brace for significant changes. At Legal Pathway Solicitors, we are at the forefront to ensure you stay informed and prepared.

Understanding the IHS Fee Escalation

The current IHS fee for individuals above 18 is £624 annually and will increase to £1035. For children under 18, students, their dependents, and Youth Mobility applicants, the charge will jump from £470 to £776 yearly. Noteworthy is that there remains no IHS for Health and Care Workers or applicants under the Ukraine Scheme.

Category2023 Yearly IHS (GBP) New (2024) Yearly IHS (GBP)
Student, Student dependant, Youth Mobility scheme & applications made by children under 18470776
Other relevant immigration categories 6241035

The Financial Implications for Families

To illustrate the changes, let us consider a family of 5, with two adults and three children. With the main applicant applying for leave to enter for three years as a sponsored Skilled Worker and family members as dependents, the total cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge would become:

  • £3744 for the two adults ( £624 x 3 x 2 = £3744)
  • £4230 for the three children (£776 x 3 x 3= £4230)

Presently, the price for such a family aggregates to £7974.

From 16 January 2024 onwards, the immigration health surcharge for a family of 5 with two adults and three children will be:

  • £6210 for the two adults (£1035 x 3 x 2)
  • £6984 for the three children (£776 x 3 x 2)

Post-increase, the total expense escalates to £13,194, an eye-opening difference that could influence decision-making and budgeting for prospective skilled migrants.

Sponsors typically bear the brunt of these fees. Yet, there’s no universal rule to this effect, and visa applicants often must allocate substantial funds towards the IHS, with their financial capability being crucial.

Navigating the Changes

Who is obligated to pay the IHS? The simple answer: most individuals aiming to work, study, or join their families in the UK for more than half a year, along with those seeking visa extensions or status variations.

Nevertheless, the IHS does not correlate with the actual NHS usage, health conditions, or the presence of private medical insurance. Instead, it is a static charge tied to visa length, impacting all alike.

How Legal Pathway Solicitors Can Assist

As the landscape of immigration to the UK evolves, the importance of expert legal guidance has never been more critical. Whether you plan to work, study, or join your family in the UK, our seasoned team is well-versed in immigration law. Therefore, we can help you navigate the complexities of any visa application, ensuring that you understand the financial requirements of your move to the UK, including the impending increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge. 

A few of the areas we can assist you with are:

  • Assessing your visa category and the corresponding IHS fees,
  • Advising on the timing of your application to avoid the increased fees.
  • Exploring any exemptions you may be entitled to.
  • Review your visa application to ensure compliance with the latest regulations.

Contact Us Today

Keep the IHS increase from becoming an obstacle to your UK immigration plans. Contact Legal Pathway Solicitors today to discuss how we can support you. Our team in Ilford, London, is eager to provide you with a free initial consultation.

Phone: 0203 0049 956


Let us pave your pathway to the UK with clarity and certainty.

Legal Pathway Solicitors

Ilford, Greater London