Frequently asked questions


This section features some frequently asked questions on the new immigration system. For any new questions, please email

When does the new points-based immigration system come into effect?

The new immigration system fully came into effect on 1 January 2021 when free movement ended. Some parts of the new system were phased in beforehand, such as the introduction of the health and care visa.

When did the new health and care visa open for applications?

The new health and care visa opened for applications from 4 August 2020. Information on the new health and care visa is available on

Do we know what the reduced fee for the health and care visa is?

The health and care visa will cost £464 for a five-year visa. A visa for up to three years costs £232. The fee is the same whether an applicant applies from inside or outside the UK. Dependents will also pay the same amount. Citizens of Turkey or Macedonia, applying for a visa for up to three years will pay £177 and a visa for more than three years costs £409. There are also reduced costs for EU nationals.

How will the immigration health surcharge exemption work in practice?

Applications can be made here by visiting Gov.UK and further guidance on how staff can apply is available here.

Will our organisation have to do renew our sponsorship licence?

Existing Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) sponsors will have been automatically granted a new Skilled Worker licence or Intra-Company Transfer licence, with the same expiry date as your current licence. Certificates of Sponsorship will also have been transferred across. Ensure your sponsorship lead updates the PAYE details on any outstanding certificates of sponsorship where the applicant is intending to apply under the new skilled worker route.

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