The nearly doubling of NHS health surcharges in Britain has sparked renewed concern among the Bangladeshi and other immigrant communities. From the effective date, this increased rate will be applicable for those applying for UK visa from different countries including Bangladesh.
The increased rate of health surcharge will be effective from January 16 next year at the earliest. The new annual rate for applicants increased from 624 to almost doubled to 1035 pounds.
Increased fee will applied to all visas including work visas, spouse and student visas in the UK, the increased cost will be imposed on the visa applicant.
In July this year UK government had announced an increase in the fee, but no date was announced when it would be effective.
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee which most migrants coming to the UK must pay in order to access free healthcare on the NHS for the duration of their stay.
Whether you need to pay the IHS depends on the type of immigration permission you are applying for. You will usually need to pay the surcharge if you’re applying for a visa or immigration application:
For more than 6 months, if you’re applying outside the UK for any length of time, if you’re applying inside the UK. You do not need to pay if you’re applying for a visitor visa or to remain in the UK permanently.
The IHS is compulsory for those it applies to, and you will still need to pay even if you have private medical insurance.
Shuvagata Dey, lead barrister of Lexpert Solicitors in London, told on Saturday that sponsorship and immigration applications can be made as early as possible before the fee increases to reduce costs.