Important Update:

UK’s Immigration Health Surcharge Increase Set for January 2024

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UK's Immigration Health Surcharge Increase Set for January 2024

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The landscape of UK immigration is undergoing a pivotal change with the proposed increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), set to be implemented from January 16, 2024, subject to parliamentary approval. This adjustment will have profound implications for applicants and organizations alike. Let’s delve into the details to help you navigate this significant shift.

Understanding the Surge in Immigration Health Surcharge

The UK government’s Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2023 outlines the impending surge in the IHS. The primary rate is poised to surge from £624 to £1,035 per annum, with a corresponding increase for applicants under 18, students, and Youth Mobility Scheme participants, raising the fee from £470 to £776 annually.

Timing is Crucial: Impact on Applications

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Applications submitted before the implementation of this change will not be subject to the heightened surcharge. Notably, UK Skilled Worker visa and UK Global Business Mobility visa applications can be submitted up to 03 months in advance of the proposed start date.

Financial Implications for Individuals and Organizations

The financial implications of this increase are substantial. It’s imperative for affected individuals and organizations to strategically plan their applications, considering the timing and associated costs. This surge follows the October increase in visa fees for various categories, further reshaping the financial landscape for those aspiring to relocate to the UK.

Case Studies: Illuminating the Impact

To comprehend the practical implications, let’s explore a couple of case studies:

Case Study 1: Single Applicant

A three-year skilled worker currently pays £624 per adult per year, totaling £1,872 under the 2023 IHS fee. With the new IHS fee structure from January 2024, this cost will spike to £1,035 per adult per year, totaling £3,105.

Case Study 1: Single Applicant

Case Study 2: Family of Four

A five-year skilled worker with three dependants pays £10,940 under the current 2023 IHS fee structure.

The January 2024 alteration will elevate the total to £18,110.

Case Study 2: Family of Four
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A Guide on:

UK Immigration Health Surcharge: Costs, Exemptions, Payment Options, and Refunds

Impacts Beyond the IHS Increase

This IHS increase is part of a broader shift in the UK’s immigration landscape. Coupled with the higher visa application fees, applicants, especially those relocating with families, will face a significant financial impact. Employers, while generally unaffected, should be aware of the potential budgetary shifts, especially if covering the IHS for sponsored workers.

Stay Informed and Prepared: Reach Out to Immigration Experts

For those planning to move to the UK, understanding the nuances of the Immigration Health Surcharge is pivotal.

The SmartMove2UK, with UK-qualified immigration lawyers and experts based in major Indian cities – Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru, stands ready to guide you through the process.

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