Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018
Amendments are made to immigration health charge legislation to double the amount of the levy placed on long term migrants. Additionally, this Order provides greater clarity about exchange rates when payments are made in foreign currencies. This Order will come into force on 8 January 2019 (Updated from draft 21 December 2018).
Amendments have been made to the Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015, 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, to:
• provide 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
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