The immigration health surcharge has increased from £200 to £400 per year as of 8 January 2019. Those who are eligible for a discounted rate, such as students and individuals on youth mobility schemes, will now pay £300 instead of £150 a year.
The immigration health surcharge is paid by people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are seeking to live in the UK for more than 6 months to either work, study or join family. The government announced the increase to the surcharge back in February 2018 following a review, intending to better reflect the costs to the NHS of treating those who pay it.
Those who make applications after the 8 January will be subject to the new surcharge rate.
There are no changes that impact permanent residents, who are not required to pay the surcharge, or to vulnerable groups such as asylum seekers who are also exempt.
The money raised by the immigration health surcharge has been distributed to the Department of Health and Social Care and the health ministries in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for health spending.
For further information, you can read the immigration minister’s official statement.