UK visas update: New NHS surcharge and other immigration changes

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) recently announced updates to the UK immigration rules, which will come into effect on 6 April 2015. We take a detailed look at the UK visa changes and how they may affect you.

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New NHS surcharge

A new National Health Service (NHS) surcharge is being introduced and will apply to almost every new entrant with a visa valid for six months or more.

The surcharge will also apply to people who need to extend their current visas and is applicable whether you are applying from within the UK or your home country.

The fee will not, however, apply to people holding Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visas or their families.

The surcharge will cost applicants £200 for every year that the visa covers and will need to be paid in full when applying. Tier 4 (General) student visa holders will only have to pay £150.

The surcharge will come into effect on 6 April 2015 and will apply to applications where
payment is made on or after this date.

Please note that Australian and New Zealand nationals do not have to pay the surcharge, as evidenced by the following statement taken directly from the Home Office’s official “immigration health surcharge” document:

The UK has reciprocal healthcare agreements with Australia and New Zealand, whereby visitors and temporary migrants from those countries are entitled to some treatment free of charge on the NHS. In turn, this is reciprocated when our citizens visit there.”

However, as the Home Office emphasises:

You must still go through the process on the surcharge web site where you will be informed your payment is nil. You will receive your unique surcharge reference number which you will need for your immigration application to confirm your exemption.”

UK immigration changes

Applicants who are applying outside of the UK for a visa (staying six months or more) will now be required to give their biometrics upon application.

The biometric residence permit (BRP) requirement will be implemented in a phased country-by-country approach ending on 31 July 2015.

Tier 1 visa changes

  • Tier 1 (Investor) visa applicants will be required to open a Financial Conduct Authority-regulated bank account before making their application.
  • All Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) extension and Indefinite Leave to Remain applicants will be required to take a new genuine entrepreneur test.
  • Tier 1 (Investor) visa holders will be able to reinvest any proceeds from their investment portfolio instead of only reinvesting the original purchase price of their investment – as long as they do it within six months of the sale of those investments or before the next reporting period, whichever occurs first.

Tier 2 visa changes

  • The Tier 2 (General) immigration cap will stay at 20,700, but the restricted certificate of sponsorship will be cut to 1,650 per month as of 30 April.
  • The minimum salary rates in the Codes of Practice will be increasing from 6 April 2015.
  • The 12-month cooling off period for Tier 2 visas will be removed for visas issued for three months or less.
  • All Tier 2 visa applications made from within the UK must go through UKVI’s online portal as of 6 April.
  • The minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 (General) visas is increasing to £20,800.
  • The minimum salary threshold for non-Jobcentre Plus advertised employment is increasing to £72,500.
  • The minimum salary for high earners is increasing to £155,300.

Visitor visa changes

  • The 15 visitor visa categories will be condensed to just four: business/tourism visitors, performers waiting to undertake paid performances, people visiting the UK to get married, and transit visas.

Applications for visitor visas that exceed a six-month stay will have to submit their applications from outside of the UK before they travel.

Please note: UK visa application fees will increase from 6 April 2015

If you have any questions about these changes or would like immigration advice, please contact 1st Contact Visas for more visa information.

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  • Freddie Jones

    Care needs to be taken when using the words, ‘nationals’, ‘residents’ and ‘citizens’.

    The reciprocal health care does not apply to UK citizens, normally resident in South Africa, who visit Australia.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Freddie,

      Thanks for the comment. The new surcharge does not apply to UK citizens or nationals. Australian and New Zealand nationals also do not have to pay the surcharge.

  • Edward Miller

    Now that there is the new NHS surcharge, I will make sure I use the NHS as much as possible to get my “monies” worth.

    • BrS

      Go for it. This surcharge isn’t about recovering the NHS cost of immigrants, because there isn’t any. Immigrants are a net benefit to the country. It’s purely about scapegoating immigrants to score political points and finding somewhere else to siphon in funds to prop up an indebted country.

  • Neil Kennedy

    My wife has been in the country for 2and 1/2 years, her further leave to remain visa is due in June this year, during this 2 and 1/2 years she has worked full time and paid Tax and National Insurance contributions. I have worked for 40 years with no breaks and contributed a huge a mount over the years. Now we having to pay a third contribution with her new aaplication. So basically we are now subsidising all my fellow english people, who are unemployed and who refuse to work. This is in response to the uproar over EU immigration. Once more UK Government have targeted the easy option, and are making the responsible, honest people of the country pay for its mistakes.

    • ezedan

      you are absolutely right. Why must responsible and honest foreigners suffer in UK because of the Government mistakes?, its because other countries Government are always blind to pay back the coin of bad decisions against their people, maybe because of No foresight or greed.

  • Gkd

    Hi,

    I am in Uk on Tier-2 General visa and my visa expiry date i may 2019. I am switching my sponsor ( Employer ) and will be applying for 3+ years Tier 2 visa IN COUNTRY with my 2 dependents ( wife + baby currently in uk ). My qustions are –

    1. Do I need to pay NHS fee and for 3 years or 5 years ( because I will be eligible for PRin 3 years bt still applying for 3 years visa to be on the safer side )

    2. What will be ategory for visa applications for my dependent Tier 2 PBS dependet or Further Leave to Remain ?

    3.Do they need to apply with me as I will be going for priorty service and for dependents thinking of postal service.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi there,

      The NHS fee will only be for the length of the visa, or 3 years.

      I will need further information about your dependants to advise which category would be the most suitable in your circumstance. This would form part of our service to represent you.

  • Hassan Ch.

    I have applied for Tier 4 General visa in january 2015. My visa got rejected. The i have applied for Administrative Review Request after getting successful in this request on 25 February 2015 British embassy asked me to submit my CAS and Passport again. Now when i got new CAS from univeristy i will resubmit on or after 28 june 2015. Do i have to pay National Health Service surcharge now?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Hassan,

      If you are required to resubmit your applicaiton you will have to pay.

      If it is a review and they will use your existing applicaiton, then you wont.

      Either way, they will communicate it to you after the decision is made.

      • Hassan Ch.

        Yeah in my case it is review. I have asked only to resubmit my Passport and CAS with educational documents that I have used to obtain CAS.

  • Tan

    I am from a non EEA country and I’m applying for an Ancestry Visa from outside of the UK. Do I need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Unfortunately unless you are applying from Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US you have to pay the surcharge.

  • Wendy

    My husband is already in the UK on an ancestral visa …. I am due to join him shortly as dependant, can he pay my NHS surcharge in the UK on my behalf if I am applying in South Africa

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Wendy,

      Yes, he can pay the NHS surcharge when booking the appointment. He will be able to do so using the relevant card details.

  • Mark

    I have a friend from South Africa wishing to come to the UK, applying for an ancestral visa. He was last over in the UK in 2008 and obtained an NHS number at that time. Will this still be valid and will it any way prevent him from having to pay this new fee or reduce it?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The NHS surcharge is applicable to all new visa applications as from the 6th April 2015. Unfortunately he would not be exempt from this charge.

  • shani

    My visa is valid for 33 months and I am working in this country from more than 2 years. I need to apply for further leave to remain before December 2015. I paid taxes and national insurance contribution. Do i still have to pay NHS surcharge?

  • Lori

    I applied for an Ancestry Visa in April and it was approved and issued at the end of the month. My passport was sent to the office in New York and then sent back to me after all the processing was completed. However, I never paid for the NHS surcharge. It is possible for a visa application to get approved and issued if the fee was never paid? If so- do I have to pay the fee before I move to the UK?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Lori,

      You may have just avoided the fee. When did you actually submit your application?

      The NHS surcharge came into effect as of the 9th April 2015.

  • adyan mughal

    Hi my wife is due to apply for her spouse visa next month hopefully in south africa, just wanted to know if i could apply and pay for her HNS charge here in the UK. And do i get a certicate or a reference number which i can use in the application form. thank you

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The NHS surcharge is an online payment, so your wife can input your card details and that will be fine.

  • Shakti

    Hi, my ILR is due in April 2016 and my tier 1 general visa expires in April 2018, I am applying for dependent visa for my son born in uk. I am asked to pay £500 for my dependent son (think this is calculated based on my visa expiry date) , question is when I get my ILR and get a citizenship for my son in April next year can I get part of his IHS fee reimbursed which was paid until April 2018?

  • Dovi

    Hi there,

    I have been living in the UK for the past 3.5 years, my UK Ancestry Visa expires 6 December 2015, I am now looking at extending my UK Ancestry, would I be required to pay the full 5 years for the IHS Surcharge or can I pay for 2 years £400 until I can apply for my Indefinite Leave to Remain and extend my visa for 2 years instead of 5 years? Thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      As the extension is issued for a full 5 year period, you would be required to pay the full NHS surcharge, thus being £1000.

  • Inez Graer

    I have been in the UK on a spousal visa for 2 1/2 years. My husband is a British citizen and we have been married for 25years but lived in SA. We are in our sixties and will not leave the UK again. I am about to apply for an exension for another 2 1/2 years. Do I have to pay the med surcharge and for how many years will I continue to do so.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      Unless you’re from Australia or New Zealand, you’ll have to pay the surcharge.

  • tessa barbet

    hi i am traveling to the UK on am ancestry visa and i am wondering am i covered under the NHS as i haven’t been asked to pay anything when i applied for the visa and im moving there in 3 weeks and have medical conditions please help!!!!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      When did you apply and pay for your Ancestry visa? The NHS surcharge came into effect as of the 9th April 2015.

  • Rio

    hi, we have paid this health surcharge when i apply for fiance visa (6months) now that i need to apply for spouse visa within the uk, do i need to pay the health surcharge again? We paid around 500pounds i think…

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      The NHS surcharge should not have been payable at the time of applying for the fiance visa, as that visa is only issued for 6 months.

      However as you have mentioned paying it, when applying to switch to the spousal visa, I would advise filling in the NHS surcharge reference number for which you have already paid.

  • Emily Harris

    I have an ancestry visa and am currently in the UK. How do I get my NHS number to use at the clinics here as I’ve paid the IHS fee. Thanks!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact

      Hi,

      When you paid the IHS surcharge, you would have been in receipt of a 7 digit IHS surcharge reference number.

  • Joanna Grindley

    I’m in the UK on an ancestral visa. I have been here more than 5 years (all on the same visa – renewed last year). I’m due to apply for ILR as soon as the UK home office replies to a relative’s application (using the ancestral documents). Will I be affected by the new migrants minimum wage requirement of £35000pa?? or is that only for those on tier 2 and other visa’s?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The income requirement will not have an effect on your application as this only applies to Tier 2 Visa holders.

      • Endorphin

        When will the £35k pa come into effect on tier 2 visa holders?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          6th April 2016

  • Bola

    I have my British passport, so now I want to invite my husband and my three kids all under 18 to UK from NIGERIA. Do they have to pay for NHS FEES.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Bola,

      There are various fees that you will have to pay if your husband and children are not British citizens.

      If your husband enters the UK on a Spousal visa, you will have to meet the minimum income threshold of £18,600 per year for your husband or £22,400 for your husband and one child. For each additional child, this threshold will increase by £2,400 per year.

      You will need to pay the surcharges mentioned above when applying for these visas.

  • Bola

    Am I paying NHS fees for them.My husband still in Nigeria and 5ge kids

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      You will have to pay the £200 surcharge as explained in the article above.

  • Bola

    Remember I told you I have my British passport. I Am a British citizen

  • Bola

    What do I need to invite my dad which is 69years old

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Bola,

      Your father would be able to join you in the UK if he meets the minimum requirements.

      He would need to prove that he is related to you, has an adequate place to live and a good knowledge of English. He will also need to earn at least £18,600 per year.

  • USMAN

    Hi. Thanks for all the info. I want help with my case as its not explained here. I am currently holding a Tier 4 visa (Nov 2014 to Dec 2019). If I apply Tier 4 dependent visa in March 2016 for my dependent to come to UK in April 2016 till March 2019, how much I have to pay for NHS fee? 1)from Nov 2014 to March 2019? or 2) March 2016 to March 2019? I’ll be grateful for your reply. Kind Regards

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      The NHS surcharge is £200 per year (payable upfront for the duration of the visa).

      So should the visa be issued for 5 years, it will be £1000, and £600 for 3 years.

      • USMAN

        I am grateful to your answer. I have confusion in the term “visa duration”. my visa was for 4 years (Dec 2014 to Dec 2018). but now 2 years have been passed. so my dependent will get visa till Dec 2018. So my dependent has to pay for full four years or just 2 years? Thanking in advance

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          So as your partner’s visa will only be issued for 2 years, the NHS surcharge will be £400.

          • USMAN

            Thanks a lot . . . really appreciate that

  • Abhinav

    Will I get relief from paying NI for the first year if I am coming to UK on Tier 2 (General – New hires – restricted) visa?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Should you enter and settle on the UK Tier 2 Visa you would still be required to pay NI contributions.

  • Zee

    Hi, I m currently working on a TIER 2 visa. Applied for my wife’s dependent visa on 22/09/2015 and now its end of march 2016, nearly 6 months, there is no reply from UKVI. many times we emailed them, my wife has phoned them 3 times and i have contacted them over the phone here in the UK (paid phone service where they charge you rediculous amount of money) but still getting a responce of “delaying for further checks” etc etc.
    I want to know that what are our legal rights to ask them why they are unable to take a decision as all of the original documents have been stuck there for so long.
    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Zee,

      Unfortunately we are unable to advise on this, you will need to get in touch with the UKVI directly.

  • cutipie chandok

    Hi I need a information because I’m quite confused. I been living in UK since 4 March 2013 came on spouse visa as my husband was on Tier 2 sponsorship. I had my first renewal in 2013 oct and now visa is valid until 6 nov 2016. My husband got his ILR on 6 Oct 2015 now our lawyer is saying i can apply for settlement in Oct once my husband finish 1 year of settlement as there is a new rule I’m not sure about this as i cant see this anywhere. or if i go for renewal i dont have to pay NHS charges as from the beginning of my stay in UK i have been in full time job working minimum 40 hrs per week & i have been paying my NI & Tax from my pay each month please guide me what we are suppose to do.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi,

      You would need to come in for a face to face consultation as it is not possible to provide you with accurate information without a full assessment. Please forward your email address and one of our consultants will be in touch.

  • Shari Bradnick

    I am currently working in the UK based on my Ancestral Visa. I arrived last year in July. I have heard conflicting reports on whether there is an average annual salary cap of £35,000 at the end of the five year visa and I wish to apply for ILR status. Is this true?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shari, the £35000 threshold will not apply to you at the end of your 5 years on the Ancestry Visa and this particular threshold only applies to Tier 2 work permit holders.

  • Shan Momin

    Hi there. Would really appreciate your help in this matter. I have applied for FLR (fp) on 15 February 2016. I paid my IHS and submitted my application. Now am putting in a new application FLR (m). I just want to know that do I have to pay for my IHS again for my new application as am asking for variation with my new application. My FLR (fp) is still pending and I’ll ask for variation and file FLR (m). Can I use the same code I used for FLR (fp). Our help would be highly appreciated. Thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shan, you would be required to pay the IHS fee once more but would be able to have the previous surcharge amount refunded.

  • adam j

    Hi. I am in UK on Tier 4 visa. I want to apply for dependent visa for my son. I think NHS charges for Tier 4 visa holders are £150 a year. Can you please calculate how much do I have to pay for NHS for visa application for my son. 1) if his dependent visa is for 2 years and 6 months? 2) if its 2 years and 7 months and 3) if its 2 years and 8 months? I’ll be grateful if you kindly provide me values for the 3 cases. Thanks and Regards

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Adam, the NHS Surcharge in all of these cases would be £450 and your sons age would not have an effect on this fee.

  • ramesh ghimrey

    hello;
    i have applied visa for my wife and they said dession was made and documents was sen; but my wife has not collect yet, and my nhs subcharge was refound. i want to to what was the dession they made.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Ramesh, you will need to contact the Home Office directly for this information and the reason they would have refunded the Surcharge fee would be in the case that the application was unsuccessful.

      • ramesh ghimrey

        thank you;once documents collected so will find what was wrong

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Ramesh, yes once collected you will then received a refusal letter outlining the reason for this refusal.

  • Laly

    hi hello, i have a question, i am employee applying job in UK, may i know if who is responsible for paying IHS? is it employee or the employer? they told me that i need to provide payment if requested by UK Border Agency Home Officer before may visa application process. do i need to pay that if being ask? thanks in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Laly,

      As you are the visa applicant, you are required to pay the NHS surcharge.

      • Laly

        so is it me who will pay for that, not my employer? they provide me my offer letter but they also told in the letter that if the UK Border Agency ask to pay the amount for NHS they are not the one who will provide that, in the agreement its says that i am the one responsible for that. is it right for me to pay that amount, i thought employer will provide all for my visa.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Laly,

          You will be required to pay for the NHS surcharge.

  • Heather LorRaine Pipe

    I am American and married to a British citizen serving in the HM forces. On one part of the visa website it said dependants of those serving in the armed forces do not have to pay IHS. But when I go on the website to get an IHS number it says to pay. It’s very difficult to get in contact with anyone related to visa matters, am I supposed to pay or not?
    Thanks for your time,
    Heather

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Heather,

      I do believe that you are still required to pay the IHS.

      • Heather LorRaine Pipe

        Thank you for replying. So that means it’s gonna be over £1000 because of the £649 application fee? Plus if I have to do biometrics again (which I’m not sure of) there’s that fee as well?

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Heather,

          The application fee for a spousal extension via the postal service is £811.

  • Rachel P

    Hi, I am currently in the UK on a tier 2 visa but am looking at changing employers I’m struggling to understand how this will effect the immigration health surcharge. If I apply to change the visa I know I will have to pay the surcharge again but would I then be reimbursed for the years that overlap? Thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rachel,
      You will need to pay the charge again and you will then be refunded the difference

      • Yousry Ahmed

        Are you sure that I will get refund for the difference? Is their a specific form to get refund? Who I should contact? Thanks

  • Tamadour Saliem

    Hello there
    I have applied for spouse visa for my husband outside UK. I live in the UK. Paid NHS Suragh fees application was refused on Jan 2016. I have not received my money back yet. Please advice whom should I communicat with. My bank request confirmation from home office that the money has been refunded utomaticly after 90 days.
    Your advice and guidance are much appreciated

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Tamadour,
      You will need to contact the Home Office directly

    • Tamadour Saliem

      Many thanks for replying will take your advice into consideration. Regards

  • deep

    hi i have shifted in UK on tier 2 visa with my son and husband in November.I have three year residence permit

  • deep

    sorry for half statement now i am continuing . so when i came from India i had pay NHS for three years of all of us.Now I am not working an where because my company cancelled my sponsorship and i could not find any other employer so now I am on curtailment period for two months.Now I want to ask about NHS refund procedure.I also sent a letter to Home Office regarding NHS refund process but they didn’t get any response. We came in 24 november 2015 and going back on 17 july 2016 so i paid three year NHS amount and going back in 9 months so it supposed to be money back of rest of time. If u have any suggestion Please let me know.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Deep, usually due to the fact that you have settled in the UK for a period of time the NHS fee would not always be refunded. Unfortunately we cannot advise on this procedure specifically and you would need to contact the Home Office directly.

  • darkprince

    Hi ist contact. Please could you advise me. My son is British by descent. He lives in the philippines with his mother. Once i apply for his British passport. Does this mean he would be exempt from the NHS Surcharge and that the income threshold would stand at 18,600 oppose to 22,400 Thank you in advance.

  • Rachel P

    Hi there,
    I am currently working in the UK on a tier 2 visa and am looking at changing jobs. My new employer is happy to sponsor me but I am confused how the whole thing works. My new employer spoke that they would be looking to transfer my current visa to themselves as employer (therefore there would be no change in my visa other than the name of the employer) but from what I’ve found online it sounds like I need to apply for a new visa. Are you able to share any insight? I am trying to get it all figured out so I know how I will need to go about handing in my notice.
    Thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Rachel,
      Your new employer will need to apply for a certificate of sponsorship for you and then you will need to apply for a new Tier 2 visa.

      • Rachel P

        Hi again, thank you for your reply. My new employer has applied for CoS but they were convinced that my current visa would transfer over so that is very useful. Do you know how it would work with giving my notice period? Do I need to wait to start my new job once I’ve received my new visa? If so, does my current visa become invalid when the new one is issued?
        Thanks again!

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Rachel,
          1st Contact don’t assist with the sponsorship side of the visa. You will need to have your new visa before you can start working in your new job. Your old visa will become invald.

          • Rachel P

            So I will just need to estimate when I will receive my new visa in order to time when I need to hand in my notice to my current employer in order to try to not have any gap in my employment? Or do they allow any overlap in order to accommodate handing in notice?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            You should only hand in your notice once your visa has been issued

          • Rachel P

            My current visa won’t become invalid then when I receive my new one?

          • Rachel P

            For the information of others, I have been informed by UK immigration contact centre that once the new visa has been issued your old one will become invalid. I have been advised by the contact centre that I will need to hand in my notice prior to my new visa being issued.

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Rachel,
            You run the risk of being without a visa and employment if your visa is not granted.

          • Rachel P

            I was told that my current visa will become immediately invalid once my new one is granted. Do you have any advice how to go about this so I don’t have to run the risk?

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            it would be best to discuss this with the immigration contact centre and your employers

          • Rachel P

            The immigration contact centre told me I had to ‘guess’ to try to get the timing right for my notice period and when I’ll get my visa. Surely this isn’t an uncommon issue though you’d think there would be a set policy for it

  • Emzee

    Is NHS health surcharge payable on Leave to remain extension applications please (FLR-FP)??

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Emzee,
      Yes it is payable

      • Emzee

        Thanks

  • Yousry Ahmed

    I will apply for my Tier 2 visa next week premium service. My dependent currently hold Tier 4 dependent visa valid till February 2017. I am wondering after getting my Tier 2 Visa when will be the last period after which I have to change my family tier 4 dependent visa to be dependent on my new Tier 2 visa. I heard from a friend that I could wait up to 3 months. Is this information accurate?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Yousry,

      I advise that both applications are submitted at the same time, as once your Tier 2 visa is issued her Tier 4 dependency visa will become invalid.

      • Yousry Ahmed

        Many thanks for your advice

  • Yousry Ahmed

    Hi, My first question is related to NHS surcharge cost. I have a tier 4 visa that is valid till February. I paid the NHS cost that covers this period. Now, I will apply for a Tier 2 visa from September and I paid for the new NHS cost. However, according to my previous Visa, I still have a valid NHS coverage for 6 months till February. I am wondering is there any way to get a refund of the difference? Second and most important question, I paid NHS costs for 5 years now, I am wondering if I change my employer to another one and paid again the NHS cost, how I will get a refund for the difference. Is there a specific form to get a refund? Who I should contact? Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Yousry,

      Unfortunately the UKVI will not refund the balance of the NHS surcharge.
      This applies to both of your questions.

  • Marissa

    Hello,
    I have just come off a Tier 5 YM visa and am applying for a tier 2 (general) visa under sponsorship. I had paid the NHS surcharge and have now been refused and am trying to reapply. Is it possible to get my surcharge back or use the original surcharge payment in my reapplication?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Marissa,
      Your surcharge will be refunded to you automatically

  • Shona

    Hi ,

    My FLR(m) visa is expiring in January 2017. However I am eligible for ILR in June 2017. As a part of my FLR(m) extension application, I need to pay £500 for 2.5 years. Is there any way I can apply for shorter extension so that I pay only for 6 months NHS surcharge.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Shona,
      It is not possible to apply for a short visa unfortunately.

  • Hina Ayaan

    I want to extend my suppose vide for more 3 years. I have little different situation. I live in uk caz my son is British and i couldn’t apply indefinit caz I need to stay in uk for atleast 10 years and last 8 years I’m having visa like for 3 year each time. But this time I’m applying they asking me nhs payment so any one have any idea what is bhai payment and why should I pay for that Thank you

  • Martha

    Hello, I have recently lost my Biometric Residence Permit card and I’d like to get a like-to-like replacement via premium service as its less hassle, however, does that mean that I have to pay for the IHS fee again? I’m due to get the IRL anyhow in November, I was just wondering what are my choices or if I’m missing anything before I get a new card. Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Martham
      You will not need to pay the IHS again.

      • Martha

        Many Thanks for your quick response!

  • Nick Hall

    Hi there, I’m not sure if this thread is still active?! I am on a 5 year ancestry visa, and have been in the UK 3 years. I had an operation on the NHS earlier this year, and have numerous hospital appointments since. Something has caught the attention of the NHS, and they have sent me a letter saying I will be charged unless I can prove I am lawfully resident. My question is do the charges apply to me, and am I considered lawfully resident? The details supplied are very vague! Any help would be much appreciated!

  • sidra shaukat

    Hi, This is Sidra here. I have applied for Tier 2 General visa and submitted 3 years fee. My COS was actually for 3.5 years. My lawyer told me that it doesn’t matter i can pay 3 years fee. But now some body told me that my application might get rejected. Can you please advise.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sidra,
      Its best to consult your lawyer

  • Rachel P

    Hi there,
    I applied to extend my visa to switch jobs this year. From the 2 visas, i have now paid £1200 for the immigration surcharge for 4 hours and a few months in the UK. Will I be reimbursed for the extra I have now paid for the immigration health surcharge? And if so, for this to happen, is there a form i need to complete for it or will it occur automatically?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      It is best to get in touch with Home Office to request the refund, these are usually automatic though

  • Vijayaram

    I have applied for my FLR and renewed my Tier-2 general visa in April 2016. I paid £ 600 for IHS surcharge and later in 2 months i changed my employer and my employer sponsored me the COS and paid the IHS surcharge. So for my visa application, we ended up paying IHS surcharge twice. So is there any chance for me to get the IHS surcharge refund?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Vijayaram, The surplus amount will be refunded to you.

      • Vijayaram

        Firstly, thanks for your reply and time. Its almost 90 days completed and there is no refund from UKVI. Secondly can you let me know whether the UKBA will refund the health surcharge of first FLR application or the second ?

        Thank you.

  • Daniel Agbon

    Hi, my wife applied for her visa extention in October but we just realised that we didn’t pay the IHS. Firstly, can we quickly apply for IHS and send this number to the Home Office? Secondly, our application has taken 8weeks now and we haven’t heard anything. If we withdraw our application to apply using the premium service can we request to get the moneye for the first application by post back since we are going to make another application?

    • David Paul Penzhorn

      Hi Daniel,
      It would be best to contact the Home Office with your enquiry.

  • Harsha Perera

    Dear Officer

    Dear
    Currently I discharge duties under T/2 visa that granted for three years period, which started May 2016. I have been offered a Job (still under T/2 visa) in another location in the UK. Invariably I am required to change my visa status as the new job would be sponsored by a different organization. Do I need to pay for Health Surcharge with the new visa application I intend to submit soon?
    Thanks
    Harsha

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Harsha,
      You will need to pay the NHS surcharge and any overpayment will be refunded.

      • Harsha Perera

        I moved to my new job a few months ago (granted T/2 for three years period). I had to change my visa status as the new job is sponsored by a different organization. I paid health surcharge for my previous visa application (I have already paid health surcharge until 2019 / T/2 visa). However, even after 90 days, they have not taken steps to reimburse NHS surcharges. I would greatly appreciate if you could give your expert advice on this matter.

        • Harsha Perera

          Thanks. I have made the payment (NHS surcharge on the second occasion as well ). Otherwise, we have not been granted the visa. According to Home Office web site, any overpayments shall be paid back within 90 days. However, even after 100 days, they haven’t taken steps to reimburse.

  • Sue Diana

    Hello. I am on a new spouse visa. Will I be entiteled to get a free healthcare or a healthcare insurance? Say I needed a surgery for example, do I get treated like my British citizen hubsnd and have part of my surgery cost covered for me by insurance?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sue,
      You should contact the NHS for the services they will provide to you.

  • margarita

    Hello,
    I am currently on Tier 2 visa (terminating March 2017), I want to switch to spouse visa through my husband who is naturalised British. We marred in the UK in April 2016. I have 2 questions:
    1) Do I need to show that we’ve been cohabiting for 2 years if it is a first time I am applying under FLR (M)?
    2) My husband has become British in 2015, before he was a spouse of the EU citizen, divorced and received British citizenship based on the EU law. Now I see in the FLR (M) application form question “Has your sponsor previously been sponsored as a partner of a settled person?” I wonder if this can affect me and UKBA decision somehow?
    Thank you in advance!

  • Nicole Schipper

    Hello there! My ancestral visa expires on 31 March. 1) What is the latest date I would have to leave the country!? 2) If I choose to extend my ancestral visa, how do I know how much medical surcharge I am liable to pay?!

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Nicole,
      You will need to leave the UK before or on the 31st March. Should you extend the NHS surcharge is £1000

  • KevinJW

    I need to apply to extend my wife and son’s FLR(M) visas shortly. I have been told by an immigration agent that they are exempt from paying the IHS surcharge. is this true? I am a British citizen

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Kevin,
      There are some exceptions, its best you talk directly to your immigration agent who you are dealing with.

  • Jyoti Mann

    My parents, visited UK in 2010 on visitor visa. However they had used NHS services and made no payments.
    originally came to UK on diplomatic passport in 1998 for 3 years, there after on UK visitor visa.
    Now they applying for 6 month UK visa from India. They have disclosed all the above information that they have used NHS service in 2010 and didn’t pay.
    Will their application be approved ?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Jyoti, if this was accessed on the Diplomatic Passport then this should not cause an issue.

      • Jyoti Mann

        I am afraid it was not on diplomatic passport. when they visited in year 2010 they came on 6 month tourist visa but on a standard normal Indian passport.
        They had diplomatic passport only when they originally came in year 1988 for 3 years.

  • Simon shepherd

    Hi, my wife has lived here for 18 years and worked for the last 10 years.
    She has permanent status but still has a japanese passport, when she applies for the BRP will she have to pay this NHS surcharge?
    We’ve looked on the government website but it’s confusing.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Simon,
      The NHS is not a requirement

  • Milk Tea

    Hi,

    I have just had a baby early this year and would like to apply for a dependant visa for him. I was told that the baby cannot leave the UK without a visa or he might not be able to enter back into the UK again after leaving the UK, is that right? I am from Singapore and I understand that Singaporean does not require any visa to enter the UK for up to 6 months, can my baby leave the UK and then return back to the UK in this case?

    Or should I apply for a Tier 2 Dependant Visa for my baby now?

    If I were to start applying for a Tier 2 Dependant Visa for my baby:
    As my Tier 2 ICT Visa expires by end of this year so would it be better if I start my renewal process now to renew my current visa to 2019 and then apply the Dependant Visa for my baby together in my application so in this case his Visa will last until 2019? Else if i chose to apply for a Visa for him now his Visa will expire when my Visa expires by end of this year? And I will then need to have his Visa renewed again by end of this year which will not be very cost effective?

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Milk Tea,

      It is advisable to apply for a Tier 2 dependency visa now, and then travel with your baby.
      You could look at extending your visa now, as you holding the Tier 2 ICT visa, do not need to worry about meeting the requirements for Indefinite leave to remain at the end of your 5 years. ( As the Tier 2 ICT visa does not lead towards settlement within the UK.)

      • Milk Tea

        Thanks for your response.
        If I were to extend my visa now, will the visa effective immediately and expire after 2 years from the current effective date? Or will it effective after to my current visa expiry date (end of the year)?

        Also if I’m going this route, my baby’s visa will follow my new visa expiry date, right? Also I assume i can travel as soon as I have submitted the application (as it is taking quite a while to have a result back)? Am asking this because we might need to travel quite soon due to a family emergency.

        Thanks again.

        • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

          Hi Milk Tea,

          Extending your visa early, will cut short your residency in the UK. As the new visa will be effective from the date of issue, and the new visa will supersede your current visa.

          Your baby will be issued the same visa start and expiry date as your visa. You will need to await the visas being issue prior to being able to travel.

          • Milk Tea

            Thanks for your reply once again.

            Last question: is it not possible for my baby to return back to the UK on a visitor visa (as I said Singaporean is allowed to travel to the UK without any visa for up to a period of time for visiting purposes)?

            Thanks once again.

          • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

            Hi Milk Tea,

            Should your baby leave the UK, your baby would be stamped back into the UK as a visitor. Should this happen your baby would not be able to switch visa status to the dependency visa from within the UK whilst holding a UK visit visa.

  • JJ

    Hi, I would like to know what would be covered with the NHS surcharge fee for a dependent visa application?

    I am a British passport holder (citizen by decent), and planning to move back to UK with my son (age 11) in coming August. We are at the stage of planning for the dependent settlement visa application. My son has some medical history and would need specialist follow up after arriving UK. My concern is would the NHS surcharge fee covers all medical process include specialist consultation and related hospital / surgery fee like a UK citizen do?

  • Lorna Yorke

    My 80 years old mom applied for leave to remain after being on a 6 months visa. We paid the nhs health surcharge for 2 years £500 as advised by the lawyer we paid before the visa application. We are going through the appeal process for 1 and 1/2 years does she have to pay for nhs visits to Gp or referrals to hospital and medications? Just realise the lawyer has not got a clue after taking my money

  • Sue

    My daughter holds a South African Passport and currently has a 5 year ancestry visa (her grandparents are British). She broke her time in UK and went back permanently 18 months ago – her ancestral visa expires in July 2018. She has to renew/extend it. She has been paying her NHS for almost 2 years – does she still have to pay GBP1000 for NHS when she renews/extends her visa?
    Thanks / sue

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/ 1st Contact

      Hi Sue, yes unfortunately this NHS Surcharge would still be payable when she extends her visa.

  • Harsha Perera

    I moved to my new job a few months ago (granted T/2 for three years period). I had to change my visa status as the new job is sponsored by a different organization. I paid health surcharge for my previous visa application (I have already paid health surcharge until 2019 / T/2 visa). However, even after 90 days, they have not taken steps to reimburse NHS surcharges. I would greatly appreciate if you could give your expert advice on this matter.

    Note: I have made the payment (NHS surcharge on the second occasion as well ). Otherwise, we have not been granted the visa. According to Home Office web site, any overpayments shall be paid back within 90 days. However, even after 100 days, they haven’t taken steps to reimburse.

  • Harsha Perera

    Dear Officer

    I was in touch with your Institute 6 months ago. I have moved to my new job a few months ago (granted T/2 for three years period). I had to change my visa status as the new job is sponsored by a different organization. I had to make NHS surcharge on the second occasion as well to secure the curent T/2 visa. I would like to highlight that I applied for the current visa, two years before my previous visa expires; I have already paid health surcharge until 2019; with my previous T/2 visa.

    As per your opinion and information provided by the Home Office web site, any overpayments shall be paid back within 90 days. However, even after 100 days, they haven’t taken steps to reimburse of said overpayments.

    I would greatly appreciate if you could give your expert advice on this matter.

    Thanks.