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Immigration Health Surcharge due to rise imminently

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Parliament has officially approved significant increases to the Immigration Health Surcharge, which will take effect in the coming weeks. Those who wish to avoid them should apply for UK immigration by February 5, 2024, to ensure they are not affected.

The draft Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023 has now been approved by both houses of Parliament as of 15 January 2024. There will be a short period between the Order being approved and it being made, which may only be a few days. Since the increases will become effective 21 days after the Order is made, this will not be any earlier than 6 February 2024.

The new yearly rate depends on the immigration category the applicant is applying under, as follows:

Applicant type Immigration Health Surcharge per year before the rise (GBP) Immigration Health Surcharge per year after the rise (GBP)
Student, Student dependant, Youth Mobility Scheme and children aged under 18 on the date of application 470 776
All other applicants 624 1,035

The impact on a Skilled Worker applying for with a Certificate of Sponsorship issued for five years is illustrated below.

Scenario Immigration Health Surcharge before the rise (GBP) Immigration Health Surcharge after the rise (GBP)
Main applicant only 3,432 5,692.50
Main applicant with partner dependant 6,864 11,385
Main applicant with partner dependant and one child 9,449 15,653
Main applicant with partner dependant and two children 12,034 19,921

Note that in the above illustration, the Immigration Health Surcharge is calculated based on the length of the immigration permission granted, rounding up in six-month increments. Because sponsored workers are granted immigration permission for slightly longer than their Certificate of Sponsorship, a worker sponsored for five years will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for five-and-a-half years rather than for five. The illustration also assumes that dependants apply at the same time as the main applicant.

Whether to apply before the rise will depend on a range of factors including the following:

  • Whether the applicant is exempt from paying the charge (in which case there is no need to apply earlier);
  • The availability of a certificate of sponsorship (for sponsored work routes);
  • The start date of a sponsored role, which must not be more than three months after the date of application; and
  • How the timing of an application may impact on the expiry date of the permission granted, and therefore whether the holder will have sufficient permission to apply for settlement if desired, or will have to apply for a further extension – in this case a calculation would need to be made to determine the likely timelines for application processing and what is the least costly process.
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