Proposed Changes to the NHS Immigration Health Surcharge
When the Immigration Health Surcharge was introduced, there was a set surcharge fee of £200 per year relating to work permitted visas and £150 annual fee for student visas. Amongst other limited exceptions the surcharge fee did not apply to anyone coming in to the UK for less than 6 months. The exceptions included Australian and New Zealand nationals coming to the UK for more than 6 months.
This month, February 2016, the Government announced its plans to extend the Immigration Health Surcharge to Australian and New Zealand nationals coming to the UK for more than 6 months. However, the extended surcharge will be at a discounted rate of £150 per year for those applying under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme.
The change has been introduced as a draft order and subject to Parliamentary approval, it will come in to force from 6 April 2016. We will keep you posted on the progression of these proposed changes. If you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Doyle Clayton Business Immigration Team. You can contact us on 0207 329 9090 and ask to speak with Anita de Atouguia or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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