Immigration healthcare surcharge

If you are applying for a student visa, you and your dependents will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge (IHS) in order to access the UK’s National Health Services (NHS).

Fees

You will need to pay the IHS for the full length of your visa. The immigration health surcharge is:

  • £470 per year
  • £235 for six months or less.

Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as you.

The amount that you have to pay will be based on the maximum length of time that your visa could be issued. 

Calculate how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

Example one

If you are applying for a visa to study a one year Masters course and you have one dependant, then you will both be issued with a visa for the length of your course (12 months), plus your four months post-study work period, meaning that you will have to pay £470 each for your first 12 months and then an additional £230 each for the post-study work period, giving a total of £1,410 (£705 each).

Example two

If you are applying for a visa to study a three-year undergraduate course, then you will usually be issued with a visa for the length of your course (34 months if studying from the September of your first year until the June of your third year), plus an additional four months post-study work period, giving a total of 38 months. This means that you will have to pay £1,410 for the first three years (or 36 months) of your visa, plus an additional £235 for the final two months that your visa will be issued for, giving a total of £1,645.

When to and how to pay

You will be required to pay the surcharge in full at the time of making your online application. You will be able to make this payment by credit or debit card in the same way that you would pay your application fee.

Refunds

You’ll get a full IHS refund if your visa application is refused.

You will not receive any refund of the IHS in any circumstances if your visa is granted even if you leave the UK early or do not use the NHS whilst you are here.

Suspending your studies

If you suspend your studies you must leave the UK and apply for a new visa to return when you are ready to resume your studies full-time. In these circumstances, based on the information provided by the Home Office, you would be expected to make a new visa application to return to the UK and you would be required to pay the surcharge again as part of your new application.

Further help and advice

To read more about the immigration health surcharge and how it will affect you visit the UK Home Office website.

If you still have further questions then please feel free to contact International Advice and Guidance at iagteam@liverpool.ac.uk.


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