The Immigration Health Surcharge is currently £200 per year for most migrants. Those on student visas pay a reduced rate of £150 per year.
The Government has announced that they plan to double the Immigration Health Surcharge in December 2018. However, they have not set a specific date in December.
This means that, as of December, those applying for new visas will have to pay £400 per year for the duration of their visa in addition to their visa application fee. Tier 4 students and those entering on the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) will have to pay £300 per year. All dependants will also have to pay the same amount as the main applicant.
We advise that applicants should try to submit applications before December 2018 where possible, in order to avoid this significant increase. In particular, you should consider if you or your Tier 2 employee will need to make an extension application in the near future and progress this as soon as you can. The Immigration Rules allow applicants to submit an extension application up to three months before their current leave expires.
In respect of Tier 2 Sponsors you should also make sure that you have sufficient certificates of sponsorship available for all employees who will need them. If you are hoping to sponsor new recruits, you should start running any mandatory advertising now if you have not already done so to allow the 28-day period to run. It will be even more important to ensure that the advertising meets all of the Home Office stipulations as making corrections will cause delay.
If you require further advice or assistance with your application then please get in touch with your usual Paragon Law contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 9644123.