Following yesterday’s budget announcement, the government has confirmed the Immigration Health Surcharge is set to increase from £400 to £624 per year in October, 2020, for adult migrants. The fee will increase to £470 for all children under the age of 18.
The fee will apply to EEA migrants from January, 2021.
There will also be an increase in the discounted rate for students, their dependants and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme from £300 to £470.
The increase was proclaimed in the Conservative manifesto in November, 2019, but the timing is now confirmed.
This, of course, represents a huge increase in overall visa application costs, where visa application fees themselves have been rising dramatically in recent years. And the Immigration Health Surcharge was doubled from £200 a year to £400 only in January, 2019. The government evidently sees migrants in the ‘managed migration’ sector as cash cows which perhaps is not a message a country which professes to be “attracting the brightest and the best”, whilst trying to forge new international relationships, should be sending out. It is also perhaps an unjust fee when those migrants who come here to work (the majority in terms of managed migration) would be paying for the NHS through their taxes paid once in the UK.