United Kingdom – E-Alert

What has changed
The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge is likely to double.

Who is affected?

  • All clients/employers sponsoring foreign national employees residing in the United Kingdom.
  • Any national of a country outside the European Economic Area.
  • Any foreign national applying for a work visa, student visa or joining a family member in the UK for more than 6 months.

What to expect

The Immigration Surcharge is likely to increase from £200 per year/per person to £400 per year/per person, with discounted rates available for students and those on the youth mobility scheme. For example, a Tier Two (2) visa for Five (5) years, including the Immigration Skills Charge is currently set at £1000 per year. Application fees for a family of four (4) could cost approximately £15,000 in government based fees.
The government expects that £220 million will be generated for the NHS with these costs. However, they are faced with the fact that the hike in costs would make it difficult for the NHS to recruit much needed overseas staff to work in the UK. The change is likely to take effect later in 2018. As costs continue to rise, employers may begin to reconsider moving their workforces to the UK

What you need to do

  • Emigra Worldwide will share further information as it becomes available so as to make our clients aware of when this change will occur.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.