The new yearly rate for those applying for immigration permission to come to or remain in the UK will increase from £624 to £1,035. Foreign entrepreneurs and affected applicants should consider applying ahead of the rise where possible.

Subject to  a few exceptions, individuals applying for time-limited UK immigration permission are required to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Payment of the charge allows access to the same NHS services that UK residents are allowed to access free of charge.

In July 2023, the Government announced an intention to increase the IHS, and it has now been confirmed that the following rises will take place from 16 January 2024:

Immigration Category

Current IHS per year (GBP) 

New IHS per year (GBP)

Student, Student dependant, Youth Mobility scheme and applications made by children under 18 on the date of application



All other relevant immigration categories 



To minimise costs, endorsement and immigration applications should be made ahead of the rise where possible. Applicants should also consider applying for the maximum immigration permission allowed for their circumstances.  Foreign entrepreneurs should also take the rises into account when budgeting for immigration-related costs going forward.

For more information please contact Phillip Vallon who leads the Druces Immigration team and can assist.

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