Immigration Health Surcharge
As part of your visa application you will be required to pay a health care surcharge, called the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). If you are applying online or through a premium service centre, you will pay the surcharge as part of your application or when you book an appointment.
It is a payment of £300 per year for each Tier 4 applicant and is paid for the duration of your total visa length, for example:
- A student on a 3 year undergraduate course will be issued a visa for 3 years plus 4 months, the total charge would be £1050. This would be based on £300 x 3 years plus £150 for the extra 4 months;
- A student on a 1 year postgraduate course will be issued a visa for 1 year plus 4 months, the total charge would be £450. This would be based on £300 x 1 year plus £150 for the extra 4 months;
- A student on a 4 year research course will be issued a visa for 4 years plus 4 months, the total charge would be £1350. This would be based on £300 x 4 years plus £150 for the extra 4 months.
If you are are eligible to bring your dependants then they will be subject to the figures above and will be required to pay this as part of their visa application.
Paying this as part of your application will mean that you are entitled to receive free health services from the National Health Services (NHS) while you are in the UK, you will still need to pay for certain types of services, e.g. prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests.
You do not have to pay the IHS if you are applying from outside the UK for a visitor visa or any visa that lasts less than 6 months.