If you are applying for immigration permission for more than six months, you will be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) at the point of submitting your visa application. This payment is in addition to the visa application fee and is mandatory. This surcharge will apply to all applicants and family members applying to come to the UK as dependants. This will entitle you to use the National Health Service (NHS) whilst you are in the UK.

The current charge is £150 for both students and dependants for each year of the duration of your immigration permission. You can use the UKVI Calculator to work out the length of immigration permission you will be granted and calculate the fee you will be charged.

If your immigration permission includes part of a year the amount will be rounded up or down. Therefore, if it includes part of a year but less than six months, you will be required to pay an additional £75, and if your permission includes part of a year that is longer than six months you will pay an additional £150.

Examples:

  • If your programme of study is 12 months or more you will be granted immigration permission for the duration of your course plus an additional one month before the course starts and four months at the end of the course.  The total charge in this case would be £225
  • An undergraduate student applying for Tier 4 leave for a three year course will be required to pay a surcharge of £525

Please note the calculation is based upon the length of leave granted and not the duration of the course.

Please visit UKVI and use the Immigration Health Surcharge Calculator to work out if you need to pay and how much you need to pay.