There’s been some changes to the Government’s Immigration Health Surcharge just recently, but what exactly has changed, and how will it affect foreign nationals who choose to live and work in the UK? Let’s find out…
What is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?
When you enter and live in the UK, the IHS is used to fund the healthcare you’ll receive from the UK’s National Healthcare Service (NHS). So, when you visit a doctor’s surgery, healthcare centre or hospital, you’ll not need to pay for your treatment.
You should note however, that you may need to pay for dental and optical treatment and any medicine that’s prescribed to you by a doctor.
Who has to pay the IHS?
Prior to Thursday 21st May 2020, everyone entering the UK on a Tier 2 visa would need to pay the IHS, including those who worked in healthcare. However, the UK Government have now made the fee exempt for all NHS workers.
This is an excellent achievement as the immigration health surcharege was set to increase from £400 per year, per person to £624 per year, per person.
This is a fantastic way to say thank you to all the hardworking, dedicated and passionate NHS workers that have come to the UK and risked their lives to save others in the pandemic.
If I don’t need to pay, when can I start using the NHS?
You’ll be provided with access to use the NHS when your visa is granted and you have arrived in the UK.
I have recently paid the Immigration Health Surcharge, will I receive a refund?
We appreciate that many of our existing healthcare workers have already paid out IHS fees as part of their visa application process and want to know how this development may affect them… Unfortunately, the UK Government has not provided any advice on whether they will be backdating refunds and if they do what the eligibility criteria will be. Of course, we will update you as soon as we have any information about the refund process.
If you have any questions about the immigration health surcharge, concerns or queries please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and of course, we will be able to guide you.
Working with ID Medical on your Journey to the UK
ID Medical work with 90% of NHS trusts, helping international doctors and nurses secure their dream NHS post.
We can support with:
- Securing an NHS post
- Tier 2 Visa Application
- Securing UK accommodating
- Finding schools for children
- Settling into the UK
- Ongoing pastoral support
At ID Medical, we’ll be here to support you throughout every single step of the way.
If you’re interested in receiving our support, please do email your CV to us at email@example.com.