Back in March we caught wind that the costs for UK Visas would be increasing. The part of the visa cost that is increasing is something called the Immigration Health Surcharge. Here is a quick recap!

 

In 2016 the UK immigration Department created the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to cover use of the National Health Service (NHS) which added a £150 per year cost to the Youth Mobility Scheme and £200 per year cost to the Ancestry visa program.

 

2018 has nearly come and gone and there have been many movements to double the costs of the Immigration Health Surcharge for both the Youth Mobility Scheme and Ancestry visas. The full price breakdown is below:

 

  • Youth Mobility Scheme (2 Year Visa);
    • Currently £150 per year = £300 total paid at time of application submission
    • Changing to £300 per year = £600 total paid at the time of the application submission
    • In NZD you will pay approximately $1100 for the IHS – an increase of approximately $540.
  • Ancestry Visa (5 Year Visa);
    • Currently £200 per year = £1000 total paid at time of application submission
    • Changing to £400 per year = £2000 total paid at time of application submission
    • In NZD you will pay approximately $3700 for the IHS – an increase of approximately $1800.

 

That’s a big increase! From all accounts the increase is scheduled to take affect between December 18th, 2018 and January 21st, 2019. You can definitely get in before this change takes place and save yourself some money, but there will be some conditions around timing, so we suggest you get in touch!

If you want to beat this price change then we recommend submitting your application for one of our UK working holiday programs before December 7th, 2018 to give you enough time to get all your paper work across the line. Check out whats on offer below and get involved!

 

Work Britain Visa Kickstart – Visa Assistance – $195

Work Britain – Visa Assistance + In Country Support – $595

Work Britain Pub Jobs – Visa Assistance + In Country Support + Pre-arranged Job – $1295