25,000 Aussies and Kiwis Affected by UK Health Surcharge Changes
In February 2018, the UK government announced a proposal to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for non-EU nationals which will have a knock-on effect on the overseas experience and career development of our readers.
This will affect more than 75% of the Australasian professionals that we help to find work in the UK, threatening the overseas experience.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, the UK government proposes to introduce this surcharge increase from £150 to £300 per year for non-EU students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme, with effect from December 2018. This will make working in the UK more expensive.
- Increase to Immigration Health Surcharge gives NHS extra funding
- 25,000 Aussies and Kiwis Affected by UK Health Surcharge Changes
- Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year
The reasoning behind these changes is difficult to argue against. The IHS allows anyone in the UK on a work, study or family UK visa for longer than 6 months to access NHS services in the same way as UK citizens.
Since the surcharge was introduced in 2015, it is reported to have raised over £600m which has been invested back into UK health budgets. The proposed doubling of the IHS before parliament in October 2018 is projected to raise £220m in extra funding.
The proposed changes will result in the total payable when applying for a UK Youth Mobility visa to increase from £544 to £844.
Australian and New Zealanders planning on getting a UK Visa and moving to the UK within the next six months – take note.
If you want to save a few hundred dollars for working in the UK, best you apply for your Youth Mobility visa before changes come into effect in December 2018.
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