No Increase in Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) Payment for Migrants

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The Ministers have made plans to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for migrants from £200 per year to £400 per year. Although, the suggestion is that the increase in the IHS is to reflect the actual cost of such patients to the NHS; the increase seems increasingly unfair on migrants and may prejudice many prospective migrants from entering the UK or remain in the UK with their family. The current IHS payment system does not differentiate between migrants that are working and making contributions by paying tax and charged unfairly at the time of submitting their application.

The prospective increase is extremely unfair on prospective migrants (e.g. an applicant applying for leave to enter the UK under the UK Ancestry route with a spouse and two dependent children will need to pay £8,000 up front for Immigration Health Surcharge, which does not include the visa application fee).

The proposed increase of IHS to £400 per year is extremely harsh and unfair and should therefore not increase; however if this is essential and cannot be avoided; migrants should be allowed to pay on a yearly basis and should not be expected to pay the full costs upfront for the duration of their visa.

I am a solicitor working at Sabz Solicitors LLP; we care about our clients and other migrants who intend to come to the UK and contribute to the UK economy and society.