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Immigration Health Surcharge

Immigration Health Surcharge

The Immigration Surcharge is currently £200 per year and must be paid at the time you apply for your visa.

On Wednesday 21 November 2018, MPs voted in favour of increasing the Health Immigration Surcharge from £200, up to £400 and this is expected to take effect on or after 19th December 2018.

To find out exactly how much you will need to pay, please go to the Immigration Health Surcharge calculator

Who has to pay? (Applications from outside the UK)

You need to pay if:

  • you’re a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • you’re applying for a visa to work, study or join your family in the UK for more than 6 months (but you’re not applying to remain in the UK permanently)

Who has to pay? (Applications made from inside the UK)

You need to pay if: 

  • you’re a national of a country outside the EEA
  • you’re making an immigration application for any length of time, including applications for 6 months or less (but you’re not applying to remain in the UK permanently)

Further Information

For further information as to who needs to pay the Immigration Surcharge, please go to the Immigration Health Surcharge information website.



Immigration Health Surcharge

Find out about our campaign calling on the Government to waive the surcharge for nursing staff across the UK 
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Important notice!

The Immigration Health Surcharge is expected to increase from £200 per year to £400 per year in December 2018. The RCN recognises that this increase will cause many members considerable financial difficulty. We're currently campaigning to have the surcharge scrapped for overseas nursing staff. 

If you've been affected by the surcharge, and want to share you experience, please see our Health Surcharge Campaign Page.