The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced back in April 2015 as a compulsory charge for those applying for immigration permission from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) for more than six months at the point of submitting their applications. It entitles them, as a result, to free healthcare under the National Health Service (NHS).
In February 2018, the government unveiled its plan to double the surcharge main rate from £200 to £400 and the discounted rate for students up from £150 to £300. The government estimates that this increase may raise an extra £220 million a year for the NHS.
We’ve therefore classified this pledge as ‘in progress’ as the government has announced changes since it came into power that will increase the surcharge, albeit not yet to the numerical targets mentioned in this pledge. Once the government raises the surcharge values to £600 for migrant workers and £450 for international students, then this policy will be able to be noted as ‘done’.
- Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year – Gov.uk
- Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application – Gov.uk
- Immigration Health Surcharge – How does it Work? – Davidson Morris
- Annual charge paid by migrants for using the NHS to double – The Guardian
- Why hiking the immigration health surcharge is bad for the NHS – New Statesman