July 17, 2023
UK announces upcoming increase in Visa fees and Immigration Health Surcharge
On 13 July 2023, the UK Prime Minister announced upcoming “significant increases” in UK visa application fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to meet the increase in public sector wages. According to reports, once the changes go into effect, a rise of up to 20% in visa application fees is expected, and the IHS (a levy that certain categories of visa applicants must pay to access the UK National Health Services) will increase from GBP 624 to GBP 1,035 per adult applicant per year. The IHS for children under 18, students and Youth Mobility Visa holders will also increase from GBP 440 to GBP 776 per applicant per year. These changes will apply to various categories, including the work and study visa routes.
A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.
Full text of Tax Alert