Pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application

5. Refunds

You don’t need to do anything to get an IHS refund - it’s automatically paid to the account or card you paid with.

You’ll get a full IHS refund if:

  • you paid twice
  • your visa application is refused
  • you withdraw your visa application

You’ll get a partial IHS refund if your visa application’s successful but:

  • you get less time on your visa than you asked for
  • any dependants on your visa application are refused

You won’t get a refund if:

  • your visa application is successful but you don’t come to the UK
  • you leave the UK before your visa ends, for example to make a new application
  • you’re told to leave the UK before your visa expires
  • you’re applying for indefinite leave to remain or changing to another visa where you don’t need to pay the IHS

How long it takes

You usually get your refund within 90 days of getting a decision on your visa application. It can take longer if you appeal or ask for an administrative review after your visa application is refused.

If you appeal or ask for an administrative review

If you applied from:

  • inside the UK - you’ll get your refund up to 90 days after your appeal or administrative review is dismissed

  • outside the UK - you’ll get your refund up to 90 days after your visa application is refused

You’ll have to repay the IHS if your appeal or administrative review is successful and you’ve already got your IHS refund.

You might have to repay a different amount if:

  • the length of your stay changes
  • you get less time on your visa than you asked for

Contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) if your refund isn’t paid within 90 days.