In addition to the visa application fee, applicants will also be required to pay an immigration health charge (IHS) at the point of submitting their visa application. This is not optional and will apply to all applicants and family members applying to come to the UK as their Dependants. The charge will entitle the visa holder to free health services under the National Health Service (NHS) once inside the UK.
For applications made on or after 8 January 2019, the fee is £300 per person per year and will be charged for the maximum period of leave which could be granted under the immigration rules. The IHS calculation is based on the length of leave, not the length of course.
Failure to pay the health surcharge will result in the application being refused or returned as invalid.
Students who are exempt from this surcharge may still need to submit the form and obtain an IHS reference number. Please check the Home Office guidance.
Students are advised to ensure that in addition to having sufficient money available to cover the visa application fee, they will also have access to a credit or debit card which can be used to pay the health charge online. There is no requirement to hold the health fee for 28 days or to provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover the health fee in the visa application. However, students using the same account to pay the visa application fee and health charge as they are using to evidence maintenance should ensure that there is enough money available to cover everything.