The IHS Immigration Health Surcharge has increased!

The IHS Immigration Health Surcharge has increased!

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) that all UK work visa applicants must pay at the time of application submission has officially increased. In March 2020 it was announced that the IHS would increase by 56% in October 2020 and it has indeed increased.

What will you pay now if you submit your UK Work visa application:

The UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is now £470 per year, this is a two year visa so the total is £940 (approximately AUD$1788).

The UK Tier 4 Student visa is £470 per year of the visa.

Any applicant who are under the age of 18 at the time of application only pay £470 per year.

All other UK work visas - Tier 2 sponsorship visa, Tier 1 business visa, UK Ancestry visa, Ancestry Dependent visa, UK Charity Visa and the UK Creative and sports visas will now pay £624 per year of the visa. The Ancestry visa, which is one of the longest UK working visas at 5 years that would be a total of £3120 (approximately AUD$5650) plus you need to add on the visa fee to your Immigration Health Surcharge for all UK working visas.

What do you get by paying the IHS fee? Well, free NHS health cover for the duration of your visa. So, if you need to see a Doctor you can and if you need to go to a NHS hospital you will be covered. You are not covered for eye, dentist and prescriptions.

For more information on what you are covered for check out our other blog -

Restless World stays on top of all UK Visas and Immigration policies so that we can keep our clients well informed and up to date.