ArticleIHS rate increases from 6 February 2024

In a notable development for UK immigration applicants, the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2024, which came into law on 16 January 2024, introduces a substantial increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). As of 6 February 2024, the revised rates will be applicable to all relevant visa applications. This change is set to impact a broad range of applicants, including those already in the UK on various immigration routes.

New rates of the IHS:

  1. The standard IHS rate will see a significant rise from £624 to £1,035 per year for each year of the visa applied for.
  2. The lower rate of the IHS, applicable to certain categories of applicants, will also increase from £470 to £776 per year.

Impact on applications and existing visa holders:

The revised surcharge rates apply to all applications made on or after 6 February 2024. This includes individuals who are already in the UK and are either extending their current visa or switching to a different immigration category. The new rates will add a significant financial burden to the cost of legally residing in the UK.

Advice for potential applicants:

Given the impending increase ahead, potential applicants are advised to submit their applications before the 6 February deadline if possible. For those who find the new rates financially burdensome, there is an option to apply for a fee waiver. However, applicants should be aware that obtaining a waiver is challenging and is only granted in exceptional circumstances.

In the face of the HIS hike, planning and timely action can make a significant difference in terms of cost savings. By submitting applications before 6 February 2024, applicants can lock in the current, more affordable rates. As the immigration landscape evolves, staying informed and proactive remains key to handling the changing terrain of UK visa applications.

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