Health surcharge

The Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015, SI 2015/792, which requires an individual who applies for entry clearance for a limited period, or for limited leave to remain in the UK to pay an immigration health charge, are amended.

The amendments are laid to:

• make provision in respect of the exchange rate which the Home Office is to apply when the charge is paid in a currency other than sterling—the exchange rate is to be determined by reference to the Home Office Exchange Rate Policy

• specify the annual amount of the immigration health charge in respect of applications by different categories of individuals—in respect of applications by students, dependants of students, and youth mobility scheme temporary migrants, the annual amount is increased from £150 to £300; in respect of all other categories of application, the annual amount is increased from £200 to £400

Transitional provision is made so that the amendments made to SI 2015/792 by this Order do not apply to an application for entry clearance or leave to remain made before the Order comes into force.

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