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Chancellor Rishi Sunak

by Vanessa Ganguin

Budget’s Immigrant Health Surcharge hike will hamper the NHS Coronavirus fight

11 March 2020

In Wednesday’s budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a big increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge – up from £400 to £624 – more than triple the £200 when it was introduced in 2015. He added that children would pay a lower charge. The health surcharge is payable when applying for or extending a visa.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a welcome £30 billion to fight Coronavirus COVID-19 in the budget, including sick pay rebates for employers and a boost for the NHS.

However, the hike in the Immigrant Health Surcharge to £624 will add to people’s visa costs when it comes in. – And that includes the medical, technical and nursing staff the NHS urgently needs.