The UK government has announced a substantial 66% increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), scheduled to be implemented no earlier than January 31. This decision follows a period of debate and scrutiny in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Initially expected to come into effect on January 16, the surcharge increase will now be delayed, pending further legislative discussion. The new rates will see the surcharge for adults rise from £624 to £1,035 per year. For children under 18, students, their dependents, and applicants for the Youth Mobility Scheme, the fee will increase from £470 to £776 annually.
This increase aims to fulfil the Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto commitment to ensure that the IHS covers the full cost of NHS treatment for those required to pay it. However, this has raised concerns among legislative committees regarding the methodology used to calculate these costs, leading to debates over the accuracy and justification of the significant rise.
The implications of this increase are far-reaching, affecting a broad spectrum of migrants and applicants planning to enter the UK. As a law firm specializing in immigration, Garth Coates Solicitors is closely monitoring these developments to provide updated advice and support to clients navigating these changes.