As of April 2015, the UK government introduced a small change in the visa application process. Make sure you’re up to date with the new requirements!
The UK government has now introduced the ‘Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)’ to all visa applications as of April 6th 2015. If you are from outside the EEA and applying to live, work or study in the UK, your visa application must now include an IHS reference number. This will allow you to use the UK’s free healthcare system, the NHS.
How Does This Affect You?
- If you are a national of a non-EEA country, you are required to apply for an IHS reference number before you apply for your visa.
- The health surcharge is approximately £200 per year of your visa. You must pay this within 7 days of your application.
- Nationals from Australia and New Zealand are exempt from paying the surcharge. If you are from Australia or New Zealand, you will still have to complete the IHS application, however will not be charged.
- If you are taking dependents, they will also be required to pay the surcharge.
- This surcharge does not affect those who applied and paid for their visa before 6th April 2015. If you applied before this date, you may still use the NHS in the UK.
- Once you receive your IHS reference number, you must write this on your visa application.
What Else Should You Know?
Click here for everything else you need to know about the IHS.
For all other visa requirements including; which documents to provide and how much money is required in your bank account, click here.