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Immigration health surcharge (IHS)

From 6 April 2015 applications for visas that are more than six months long have also included an 'immigration health surcharge'. The cost will be included in your Tier 4 application charge and is based on the length of the visa that you are applying for, including the extra period of leave that you will be granted after the end of your course.

On 8 January 2019 the surcharge was increased and is now calculated as £300 per year for each year of leave that you are applying for. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £150 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £300 for this period. For example, if your Tier 4 application is to allow you to do a further 12 months of study in the UK then you should be granted leave for an extra four months after your course end date and the immigration surcharge will therefore be £450.

Calculate how much you would need to pay before you apply by using the immigration health surcharge tool.

Note: Some people are exempt from paying the immigration health surcharge, including British Overseas Territory citizens who live in the Falkland Islands. However, these people must still obtain a reference number.

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