Please note, it is mandatory to pay the surcharge.
If your visa is for 6 months or less, then you will have to pay half the annual amount (£200).
Click here to calculate how much you will need to pay.
All non-European doctors and nurses and their dependents will need to pay the surcharge when applying for a Tier 2 visa (or a Tier 2 dependents visa).
If you are on a Standard Visit Visa and need to use the NHS, you will be charged for each treatment you receive (at a cost of 150% of the cost of the treatment) and so, it is important to ensure that you have travel and health insurance.
Where the time period applied for is shorter than the maximum period permitted under the Tier 2 visa, an NHS Surcharge for the maximum period (3 years) may be charged for your dependents. If this does happen, a partial refund should automatically be paid of the charge for the additional years over the main applicant’s visa length.
Example: If you have been allocated a two-year CoS under a Tier 2 visa, you will pay £800 for your own IHS. Then, if you have a spouse, you may be charged £1200 (£400 x 3 years) with the extra £400 refunded after the application has been decided.
Please note, if your visa application is refused, then you will automatically be refunded your IHS fee, but not the cost of the visa application itself.
Please note, you will still need to pay for other healthcare services such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests. Remember to bring your biometric residence permit when you access healthcare in the UK.
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GOV.UK. (2019). Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application.
Admin.ox.ac.uk. (2019). Cost and payment of applications, Personnel Services site.