The Government has revealed plans to double the immigration health surcharge (IHS).

The IHS is payable by non-EEA nationals applying to work, study or join their family in the UK for more than six months. The standard rate is £200 per year. Tier 4 students and those applying under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) scheme pay a reduced amount of £150 per year.

The IHS has remained at £200 since April 2015 but the government now plans to double the surcharge to £400 per year “to better reflect the actual costs of using health services”. No official date for the change has been announced, but increases in immigration fees usually take effect on 6 April each year.