25,000 Aussies and Kiwis Affected by UK Health Surcharge Changes, the overseas experience is getting too expensive!
In February 2018, the UK government announced a proposal to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for non-EU nationals. This will have a knock-on effect on the living 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. Overall threatening the big overseas experience (the Big OE).
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. This with take 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.
If you want to save a few hundred dollars when planning on working in the UK an having the best overseas experience. Best you apply for your Youth Mobility visa before changes come into effect in December 2018.
Australian and New Zealanders planning on getting a UK Visa and moving to the UK within the next six months – take note.