UK to dou­ble health sur­charge from Dec for In­di­ans, oth­ers

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

The UK gov­ern­ment is set to dou­ble the im­mi­gra­tion health sur­charge (IHS) from De­cem­ber, which will in­crease the over­all visa fees for the cit­i­zens, stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als and fam­ily mem­bers from the non-Euro­pean Union coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia. The IHS, in­tro­duced in April 2015, will rise from £200 to £400 per year, with the dis­counted rate for stu­dents in­creas­ing from £150 to £300, the UK Home Of­fice said, as the pro­posal an­nounced ear­lier this year was put be­fore Par­lia­ment this week.

The move is ex­pected to raise an es­ti­mated £220 mil­lion in ex­tra fund­ing for the state-funded Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS). The sur­charge al­lows any­one in the UK on a work, study or fam­ily visa for longer than six months to ac­cess NHS ser­vices in the same way as UK cit­i­zens. “Our NHS is al­ways there when you need it, paid for by Bri­tish tax­pay­ers. We wel­come long-term mi­grants us­ing the NHS, but the NHS is a na­tional, not in­ter­na­tional health ser­vice and we be­lieve it is right that they make a fair con­tri­bu­tion to its long-term sus­tain­abil­ity,” UK Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Caro­line Nokes said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.