Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

The Immigration Health Surcharge is an additional payment on top of your visa application fee that covers your National Health Service (NHS) medical care for the duration of your leave.

You will normally be required to make this payment in full at the time of your application; you can pay by debit or credit card in the same way you pay for your visa application.

The IHS is calculated at £300 for every year of your leave (not course). You can use the Immigration Health Surcharge tool to calculate how much you will be required to pay

In the event of your visa application being refused, your IHS will be automatically refunded.

For more information about medical care during your studies, we recommend you read UKCISA’s advice about Health and Healthcare during your studies.