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International students Immigration Health Surcharge

What is the healthcare surcharge?

The Home Office have introduced a healthcare surcharge (called the "Immigration Health Surcharge" or IHS) which must be paid in addition to the application fee for the Student visa and their dependants.

If you're applying from outside the UK you're not required to pay the Healthcare Surcharge if the length of your visa will be six months or less. If you're applying within the UK you'll be required to pay the Healthcare Surcharge regardless of how long you're applying for your extension.

If you have your own private medical insurance you must still pay the surcharge, even if you don't intend to use the National Health Service (NHS).

Increase in healthcare surcharge

The healthcare surcharge is £470 year from 27 October 2020 for students, dependants of students and Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa holders.

For Start-Up Visa applicants the healthcare surcharge is £624 a year.

You can calculate how much is your healthcare surcharge using this calculator

Paying the surcharge

You'll be prompted to pay the Healthcare Surcharge after submitting your Student visa application. 

Find out more about the Immigration Health Surcharge.