Immigration Health Surcharge

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An Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) must be paid in addition to the application fee for Tier 4 students and their dependants. The charge will be £300 per year of visa granted for each applicant.  If your visa includes part of a year that is 6 months or less, the charge will be £150.


Example: You are coming to study a 1 year Masters course and you will be granted 1 year plus 4 months leave – you will pay £450 (£300 for 1 year plus £150 for part of a year less than 6 months) in health charges for each applicant.


If you are applying from outside the UK you are not required to pay the IHS if the length of your visa will be 6 months or less.  If you are applying within the UK you will be required to pay the IHS regardless of how long you are applying for your extension for.


If you have your own private medical insurance you must still pay the IHS, even if you do not intend to use the NHS.


Full information about the charge is available here.


Paying the Immigration Health Surcharge

You will be prompted to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge after submitting your Tier 4 visa application.  If you submit your visa application from within the UK with the assistance of the International Student Support Team, an Adviser will assist you in making the IHS online payment.



Immigration Health Surcharge Refunds


The Immigration Health Surcharge will only be refunded in certain circumstances:

  1. If you (and your dependants, if applicable) withdraw your application, the IHS will be refunded in full.
  2. If you (and your dependants, if applicable) application is refused, the IHS will be refunded in full.
  3. If you have already paid the IHS and you make a new visa application before your current visa expires, you may be able to get a refund for the overlapping period. However, the Home Office have confirmed that you will only be entitled to a refund if the overlapping period is 6 months or more.
    • Example:  You paid the IHS for your most recent visa application and you were granted a Tier 4 visa until 01/01/2018.  You are now applying for a visa to begin a new course.  You must pay the full IHS in order to submit your new visa application.  The IHS will be calculated from the date you submit your new visa application - 01/10/17.  The overlapping period is only three months, so you are not entitled to a refund.

If you are entitled to an IHS refund, you do not need to do anything to get it. It will automatically be refunded to the card used to pay the IHS. You should receive your refund around 90 days from the day a decision is made on your application.  Please visit the Home Office IHS refunds webpage for further information.