Breaking News: NHS Surcharge Doubled!

The immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018 amends the immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/792).
 
Article 3 amends Schedule 1 to the Principal Order which specifies the annual amount of the immigration health charge in respect of applications by different categories of person. In respect of applications by students, dependants of students and Youth Mobility Scheme Temporary Migrants, the annual amount is increased from £150 to £300. In respect of all other categories of application, the annual amount is increased from £200 to £400.
 
The immigration Health Surcharge will be tripled by an incoming Conservative government.  The new surcharge will be £600 for adults and £450 for students.  If this is required to be paid upfront, as it is now, a Tier 2 (General) migrant worker bringing a spouse and two children into the UK on a five-year visa will be required to pay £12,000 before they can enter the UK.
“…we will increase the immigration Health Surcharge, to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students, to cover their use of the NHS. This remains competitive compared to the costs of health insurance paid by UK nationals working or studying overseas.”
 
This is an astounding amount.  There is little doubt that this will put off many non-EEA workers seeking employment in the UK.
 

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