Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS Payment)

  • April 10, 2020

As part of your Tier 2 visa application you must pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).

The IHS is intended to fund healthcare provided by UK’s National Health Service which you will be able to access when living in the UK. The NHS is free to all at the point of access.

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

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