15 Feb 15.02.2018 Immigration Health Surcharge to be doubled
15.02.2018 Immigration Health Surcharge to be doubled
Those applying for a 300-moth fiancé(e) visa, from outside the UK, would have to pay £600 on top of the £1,464 visa fee, and after the changes are implemented – this amount will rise to £1,200. Students will have to pay double of the amount they are charged now; the discounted scheme will rise from £150 to £300. Thus, Non-EU students will be charged £900 for a three-year course. The UK government estimates that the increase would provide an additional £220 million per year to support the NHS, which is struggling to cope with budget cuts. The Health Minister, James O’Shaughnessy said that the increase in NHS surcharge contributions better reflects the actual cost of using health services in the UK. “Our NHS is always there when you need it, paid for by British taxpayers. We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but it is only right that they make a fair contribution to its long-term sustainability. By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual costs of using health services, this government is providing an extra £220m a year to support the NHS.” However, some are worried that the increase may negatively impact the NHS by making it more complicated to recruit overseas workers.