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The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is £470 per year (£235 for a part of a year less than six months). The total amount you pay will depend on the length of you visa. This is calculated on the length of your visa not the length of your course. You can
check how much you should be charged for the IHS (UKVI). The IHS for dependants is the same as for the student.
Example 1: If your visa is for 16 months you will pay £705 (£470 for 12 months + £235 for the remaining 4 months).
Example 2: If your visa is for 19 months you will pay £940 (£470 for 12 months + £470 for the remaining 7 months as it is more than 6 months).
If you are applying with dependents, you will also need to pay an equal amount of IHS for each dependent.
For guidance on how to fill out the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge section of the application refer to:
A guide to completing a Student visa application within the UK (PDF)
A guide to completing a Student visa application outside the UK (PDF)
Remember to put the start and end dates on your CAS. If you are applying to extend your course, enter the course start date that appears on your CAS rather than your original course start date as this will avoid you paying double for the time you have already been in the UK.
You can pay by credit or debit card. If you are applying from outside the UK you will pay in local currency. You need to pay the total amount of IHS as part of the visa application process immediately after you have made the payment for the visa application fee.
If your visa is cancelled, for example if you go on Approved Temporary Withdrawal, you will need to pay the IHS again when you apply for a new visa. If your visa application is
refused, or you withdraw your application, the IHS payment will be refunded. You should receive this automatically within 6 weeks of getting a decision or withdrawing your application. If you do not receive the refund within 6 weeks please contact ISAT and we will help you.
If you are an EU student with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by an EU country, you may be entitled to a
full or partial refund of your immigration health surcharge (IHS) payment after 1 January 2022 if your visa started on or after 1 January 2021. Your refund will be backdated to include any IHS payments since 1 January 2021. If you intend to apply for a refund of your IHS payment, you should use your EU EHIC for medically necessary treatment during your studies. You will not be eligible if you work in the UK while studying.
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