Immigration health surcharge: applying for reimbursement

“The immigration health surcharge (IHS) was set up in 2015. Most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to enter or remain in the UK for longer than 6 months must pay an IHS to the Home Office at the point of visa application. On 21 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced plans to exempt health and care workers from the IHS “as soon as possible”. The Health and Home Secretaries subsequently agreed that these exemptions would be backdated to 31 March 2020.”

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 October 2020)

There is a list of qualifying criteria that must be met to successfully apply for this refund:

  • You must have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge for your current visa;
  • You must have worked in an eligible health or care role for at least (an average of) 16 hours per week during the six-month period since 31 March 2020

“Reimbursements are paid in 6-month instalments, and applicants will need to reapply every 6 months to continue to be reimbursed. To claim the refund, you will need to provide supporting evidence including copies of your payslips for the 6-month period you are applying for a reimbursement for. The refund will only cover the IHS you have paid for from 31 March 2020 onwards.

If you meet the above criteria, you are also entitled to claim a refund for your partner or dependents. When applying you will need the following details: full name of main applicant; IHS number; payslips for the 6-month period you are applying for; the payment method that was used for the initial IHS payment; and, if applicable, dependant’s details.”

For more information on Immigration health surcharge: guidance for reimbursement 2020, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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