3. How much you have to pay

You’ll have to pay:

  • £150 per year for a student or Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa, for example £300 for a 2-year visa
  • £200 per year for all other visa and immigration applications, for example £1,000 for a 5-year visa

Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as you.

The exact amount you have to pay depends on how much leave you’re granted. Calculate how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

You’ll pay half of the yearly amount if your application includes part of a year that is less than 6 months.

You’ll pay for a whole year if you’re application includes part of a year that is more than 6 months.

Your visa or immigration application won’t be granted if you don’t pay the healthcare surcharge or your application will be delayed if you don’t pay the right amount.

You’ll automatically get a partial refund if you paid the healthcare surcharge for more years than you were granted leave.

When you have to pay

If you’re applying for a visa online or through the premium service centre, you’ll pay the surcharge as part of your application or when you book an appointment.

If you’re applying for a visa by post, you must pay the healthcare surcharge online before you send your application - you’ll need to include the IHS reference number on your application form.

You’ll be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration if you didn’t pay the surcharge (or didn’t pay enough) as part of your visa or immigration application.

Your visa or immigration application will be turned down if you don’t pay the full amount:

  • within 10 working days if you’re inside the UK
  • within 7 working days if you’re outside the UK