The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that overseas NHS and care workers can claim reimbursement from the immigration health surcharge (IHS) from today (1 October).
The health and care visa launched in August and exempted eligible staff from the surcharge, but today's new scheme allows staff who have worked in the NHS since 31 March 2020 to claim reimbursement for themselves and their dependents, even if they paid the surcharge before this date. Reimbursement will be paid in six month installments.
This follows the government's announcement in May that all health and care staff including those working in the independent sector would be removed from the surcharge.
Who can apply
To be eligible for reimbursement, staff must be working or have previously worked in a health and social care sector job:
- for six months or more
- for an average of 16 hours per week
- on or after 31 March 2020.
Applicants can only claim a reimbursement if they have paid a surcharge while on their current visa.
Find out more
An accompanying announcement to the launch of the reimbursement scheme can be found on Gov.uk, including reaction from Rebecca Smith, managing director of NHS Employers.
Staff can apply through the system on the new dedicated page on Gov.uk, with guidance on how to apply also available.