18 June 2015

On 6th April 2015 the government introduced a new health surcharge system for immigration applications lodged after this date.  Non-EEA applicants making certain immigration applications are now required to pay a charge before making their application in order to access  NHS treatment during their stay in the UK. 

The new requirement applies to most applications for entry clearance  other than those for periods of less than six months and to most applications made from within the UK apart from applications for indefinite leave to remain.  There are certain categories of people who are exempt from paying the health surcharge and it is important to seek advice before making your application to check whether you are required to pay.  

Applicants are required to pay the fee prior to making their application and fees are currently £200 for each year of stay in the UK.   For example, if a non- EEA national applies to join their partner in the UK on a spousal or unmarried partner visa they will be required to pay £600 as their visa will be granted for a period of two and  a half years.    Applicants may be entitled to a refund if their application is unsuccessful. 

If you have any queries in relation to the new health surcharge or any other immigration matter, please contact Mary Gavin at mgavin@fhanna.co.uk or on 028 9024 3901.