Not long after the October 2023 increases to many immigration application fees, the Health Charge is also due to rise significantly. The increase will come into effect on 16th January 2024 or shortly afterwards and anyone able to submit an application prior to that is wise to do so.

The current charge of £624 per year for most adult applicants will increase to £1035 per year. This means for example that an applicant for a spouse visa will need to pay, upfront, the huge sum of £2587.50 in respect of their initial 2.5 years of permission to live in the UK. Currently, they pay £1560.

Children under 18 years old, students, and their dependents will pay £776 per year instead of the current £470 per year, as will applicants under the Youth Mobility Scheme.

Please do get in touch for further information about this or any other aspect of the Immigration Health Charge by sending an email to