For most of the UK visa types the Home Office requires the applicants to pay the mandatory immigration health NHS surcharge (IHS) for use of the UK National Health Services (NHS). It is a significant financial burden and has to be paid upfront for the entire requested duration of the visa. The IHS payment has to be made online before your application can be submitted.
The upside is that once you pay the IHS and you arrive in the UK with your visa, you can use the NHS public health services in the UK. In order to use the NHS services, you may be asked to present your immigration biometric residence permit or use a digital share code if you are issued with an electronic visa.
Who is exempt from NHS Surcharge
You are exempt from the NHS Surcharge if you are applying for a visa for up to 6 months only OR if you are applying for the Health and Care visa irrespective of its duration.
How much you have to pay for NHS Surcharge
UK government website provides a list of visa types that require NHS surcharge payment. The IHS fees can add substantially to the cost of your visa application. The amount of the current NHS surcharge fees can be found on this website.
Adult visa applicants are normally required to pay £624 per each year of visa. For example, it will cost you £1872 for a 3-year visa. The fees are slightly lower for adults applying for a student or Youth Mobility visas, who are required to pay £470 per each year of visa. For example, £940 for a 2-year Youth Mobility Visa.
For applicants who are under 18 years of age at the time of application the NHS surcharge is £470 per year of visa.
NHS surcharge must also be paid for each dependant applicant (i.e. spouse and each child) at the time their application is submitted online. The same rates apply for the dependants, so £624 per year of visa for adult dependants and £470 for dependants who are under 18.
Home Ofiice provides an online calculator to find how much to pay.