The Immigration Health Surcharge was introduced on 6 April 2015 and ensures that temporary non-EEA migrants who come to the UK to work, study or join family for more than six months make a financial contribution to the NHS.
The surcharge rate has remained at £200 per person per year of leave granted since 2015, with a discounted rate of £150 per person per year for students. The rate for applicants in the Youth Mobility Scheme category was reduced to £150 per year when the general surcharge exemption for Australian and New Zealand nationals was rescinded in 2016.
The Government plans to double the surcharge later this year, subject to Parliamentary approval. The surcharge will rise from £200 to £400 per person per year, with the discounted rate for students and the Youth Mobility Scheme increasing from £150 to £300 per person per year.