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Immigration health surcharge
A health surcharge (called the 'immigration health surcharge') was introduced throughout the UK on 6th April 2015 by an order taken from the UK Immigration Act 2014.
The Home Office maintain that the health provisions in the Immigration Act 2014 support immigration policy, which is a reserved matter for the UK Government.
Who must pay the surcharge?
This surcharge applies to the following categories of visitors who wish to enter the UK for more than 6 months, and require a visa to do so:
- non-European Economic Area (EEA) students (international students)
- non-EEA migrant workers
- those from outside the EEA who are joining their families in the UK.
How much will I need to pay?
The price you pay will depend on your reason for visiting the UK.
- If you're visiting the UK to study — you'll need to pay £150 per year for each year you remain in the UK (this also applies to spouses / dependent children / civil partners).
- If you're visiting the UK to work — you'll need to pay £200 per year for each year you remain in the UK (this also applies to spouses / dependent children / civil partners).
- If you’re visiting the UK to join your family — you'll need to pay £200 per year for each year you remain in the UK (this also applies to spouses / dependent children / civil partners).
When is it payable?
The surcharge must be paid up-front and in total, along with visa fees, for the full period covered by your visa before you can enter the UK. The surcharge will also be applied if a visa extension is granted.
When living in Scotland and in possession of a valid visa, international students studying on a recognised full-time course, migrant workers and those joining a spouse or civil partner who is ordinarily resident in Scotland, are exempt from charges for hospital healthcare under an exemption in the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Regulations for the duration of their visa.
GOV.UK provides more information about the immigration health surcharge (external link), including when, and how much, you will need to pay.