Immigration Health Charge

If you are applying for immigration permission (visa) for more than six months you must pay an additional fee to entitle you to free health care under the National Health Service; Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). You will need to pay £470 for each year of leave you apply for and an extra £235 for any period less than 6 months.. Any dependants applying with you will need to pay the same amount.

The current charges are here.

You pay the charge as part of the Student route application process and the form will calculate how much you need to pay based on the information in your CAS and the length of the visa that will be granted. 

You are required to pay the charge even if you have private medical insurance.

Incorrect IHS calculation

If the application form incorrectly calculates your IHS you will still need to make the required payment and complete the application. One of two processes will then occur;

If the amount calculated is more than you should pay – you will be automatically be refunded the overpayment back to the account or card the payment was original made from. You do not need to do anything for the refund to occur. It should be processed automatically within 6 weeks of a decision being made on your application. 

If the amount calculated is less than you should pay – once your application reaches a caseworker they will email you with a web link to make a top up payment for your IHS – you need to click on this link and pay the remaining balance. The caseworker will then complete the application once the payment is received. Please ensure you check your emails frequently.

For further information about the immigration health charge visit the UKVI website.