Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS Payment)

  • July 08, 2019

As part of your visa application you will have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).

Who needs to pay the Health Surcharge?

The IHS fee is only applicable to overseas doctors requiring a visa, and therefore not applicable for doctors applying from within EEA.

For those applying from outside the EEA you would require a visa and must pay the IHS fee.  

How much will it cost me?

The IHS fee will cost you £400 per year.

It is important to note, from the moment you pay the IHS surcharge you will be granted access to NHS healthcare services, free of charge. The IHS increased from £200 to £400 per year as of January 2019 in order to better reflect the rising cost of healthcare.

How do I pay?

If you’re making your visa application online, you will pay the surcharge as part of your application.

If you’re making your visa application by post, you need to pay the surcharge online before you send your application.

Regardless of your method of pay, you’ll need to include the IHS reference number on your application.

If my visa is not accepted will I be refunded?

Yes, you will be refunded in full. 

Generally, it takes about six weeks for this to be processed.

However, you will not be able to use your IHS reference number for any other visa application, instead you would have to apply for a new one.

For more useful blogs and articles on UK visas and immigrations & relocation arrangements to help you and your family settle into your new life in the UK - take a look at our IMG Library.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your IMG Consultant with any further questions on UK visas and immigration including certificates of sponsorship, letters of maintenance, criminal record checks and tier 2 visa applications.

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