Who does not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge?
Certain categories remain exempt from the Immigration Health Surcharge. The full list can be found here on GOV.UK, and some notable examples are below:
- Those applying for indefinite leave to enter or remain
- Those seeking British Citizenship
- Health and care workers who are eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa
- Asylum seekers or those applying for humanitarian protection
- Domestic workers identified as victims of slavery or human trafficking
- Late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme
Applicants facing financial constraints can request a fee waiver by demonstrating their inability to afford the Immigration Health Surcharge.
Applicants facing refusal or who are withdrawing their application can apply for an Immigration Health Surcharge refund.
Some students who are EU Citizens may also be able to apply for a refund.
The refund process typically takes around six weeks. It’s important to note that refunds are withheld during ongoing administrative reviews or appeal processes.