Immigration Health Surcharge

As part of your application you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to pay towards the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). How much you have to pay is based on the length of the visa that you are applying for.

How much is the surcharge?

You have to pay £300 for every year that you will be in the UK. If you are in the UK for part of a year that is less than six months you need to pay £150. If your time here includes part of a year that is more than six months you have to pay £300.

For example, if you are studying a three year degree programme that runs from September 2015 to June 2018, your visa will be valid until October 2018. So you would pay a total of £1,050 (£300 x3 for three years, £150 for part of another year that is less than six months).

You can use the IHS payment calculator to check how much you will need to pay.

How do I pay?

You must pay for the surcharge before you submit your application. During the application process you will be automatically directed to a separate page where you pay for the surcharge. This page will calculate how much you are supposed to pay based on the answers you give to questions in the visa application form. Once you have paid you will be given an IHS reference number and then redirected back to your visa application to complete the process.

Am I exempt from paying the IHS?

If you will be in the UK for more than six months you will need to pay the surcharge. If you are coming to Derby to study a short course such as a pre-sessional English language course, for which your visa will be valid for less than six months, then you will not need to pay. Students already in the UK who need to extend their visa for less than six months will still need to pay the surcharge.

There may be other exemptions depending on your circumstances. Please check the website for more information.

What happens if I don’t pay or pay the wrong amount?

UKVI will contact you if there are any issues with your payment. You must make sure you can be contacted by telephone or email during your visa application process in case UKVI need to contact you. If you do not pay the correct amount your visa application can be refused.

Can the surcharge be refunded?

UKVI will only refund your surcharge payment if your visa application is refused, as well as any appeals or reviews. You will receive a partial refund if you have paid more than what was necessary.