Thursday, October 11, 2018

Making Migrants Pay

The surcharge that migrants must pay to use the NHS will be doubled to £400, the government has announced. The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced in 2015. It applies to migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to stay in Britain for at least six months. The IHS is levied when people apply for a visa to come to Britain and must be paid each year.

Students and 18- to 30-year olds on international schemes will have to pay a discounted rate of £300 - up from £150.

Tom Sandford, RCN's director, said: “The government’s hostile environment appears to be alive and well, embodied by this punitive and short-sighted decision to double the overseas surcharge. These charges can tear families apart, in some cases forcing hardworking nurses to send their children back to their country of origin, while they remain to work in the service of our NHS."

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