Tricky moment – UK healthcare surcharge in the Visa Stage

Health Surcharge was one of the most unclear moments in Tech Nation Visa application for me

National Health Service (NHS) is the name of the public health services in the United Kingdom. All applicants for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa are required to pay for their future health services at Foggy Albion. This payment is called Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). At the first glance, it seems that this step of the application is very easy to do. But in reality is not completely easy. This is my explanation why.

First of all, I have already mentioned in one of my posts that paying for IHS of the main applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is not difficult. That is why, applying for 1 year Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, you need to pay £200. Happiness will appear immediately :).

At the same time, when you have dependents (read – Exceptional Talent Partner or Exceptional Talent Child), mind the phrase “Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as you.”

Reality is not the same. Dependants will pay the whole amount of IHS for 5 years.

Hence, if you are applying for 5-year visa, your Exceptional Talent Partner will pay £1000 for IHS and if you are the applicant for 1-year visa, the amount will stay the same – one thousand pounds.

Overall assessment of the IHS is available here. Please, mind the importance of every part of this calculator. I mean if you are calculating fee, applying alone, you will see one sum.

Meanwhile, applying with dependents, the sum will differ. If your dependents will apply by themselves – the fee will be completely different.

By the way, if a visa application is refused or rejected the NHS Surcharge will be automatically refunded.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa. He is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer, founder and CTO at Petiole and Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition

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