The information below is aimed at University of Lincoln students. If you are a member of the general public and you have questions about the Immigration Health Surcharge we are unable to help you with your enquiry, you need to contact the Home Office.

 

The Immigration Health Surcharge was introduced by the Home Office on 6th April 2015. People (non-EEA) coming to the UK for more than six months have to pay money towards the National Health Service (healthcare in the UK). The health surcharge is £150 a year for students (and each dependant). The payment will go directly into the National Health Service (NHS) and once you have paid it you will be entitled to healthcare in the UK..
The Immigration Health Surcharge is a compulsory payment which students who are coming to the UK for more than 6 months must make when they apply for their visa. If you are currently studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa which you applied for before 6th April 2015, you do not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge unless you need to extend your current Tier 4 Visa.

You pay the Immigration Health Surcharge during the visa application process. From 5 July the Tier 4 application form will calculate the amount that you need to pay and ask you to pay it before you can complete your Tier 4 application. Once you have done this you will receive an email containing your IHS reference number. This number will automatically be included on your Tier 4 application form cover sheet.

If you do not pay the correct Immigration Health Surcharge your application will be delayed and possibly refused.

You cannot apply for a visa if you do not pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.

You have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for the total length of your visa, not just for the length of your course. The charge is £150 per year for the duration of a visa. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £75 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £150 for this period.

For example, if you are planning on studying a 12 month Masters degree then the actual length of your Tier 4 visa is 17 months (1 month before your course starts and 4 months after your course ends). Therefore you would be charged £150 for the first 12 months and £75 for the remaining 5 months which is a £225 in total.

If you are applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme please contact us for more specific information about the dates you should include in the Immigration Health Surcharge application form.

Click here to use the Home Office Immigration Surcharge Checker. This checker should work out how much money you will need to pay if you are a new student. If you are a current student studying in the UK this checker may not produce the correct fee. Please contact the International Advice Team to check how much you need to pay.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to view information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) about how long a Tier 4 Visa can be.

Yes, nationals of Australia and New Zealand are exempt from paying this charge, but they must still go through the process and apply for an Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) reference number (this happens automatically during the Tier 4 application form).

Your CAS will tell you your course dates.You can make your CAS request online or in the Student Support Centre (if you are a current student).

Yes, you do need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. You pay the surcharge during the online Tier 4 application process. From 5 July the Tier 4 application form will calculate the amount that you need to pay and ask you to pay it before you can complete your Tier 4 application. Once you have done this you will receive an email containing your IHS reference number. This number will automatically be included on your Tier 4 application form cover sheet.

The International Advice Team can help you pay the Immigration Health Surcharge and complete the online application form at their Tier 4 Visa Workshop. This workshop happens every Tuesday at 5:30pm in the Library room 101. If you are unable to attend this workshop please email Internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk.

If you are currently in the UK the International Advice Team have a daily drop-in which you can attend. This happens Monday-Friday, 12pm-2pm in the Student Support Centre. If you are outside the UK you can email the International Advice Team at internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs has detailed information online about the Immigration Health Surcharge which you can view at the following link.

Yes, the Home Office will ask you to pay the surcharge again. This is because the new Tier 4 Visa application process will not allow you to complete the form until you have paid the surcharge using the new system. The Home Office have confirmed that you will be refunded if you do pay the Immigration Health Surcharge twice.

If you are applying for your visa INSIDE the UK the Home Office have said that applicants who have paid twice inside the UK should get a refund when the caseworker assesses your visa application. If you have made your application inside the UK, you have paid the IHS twice and you have not received a refund contact the International Advice Team (email internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk).

If you are OUTSIDE the UK and you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge twice you must request a refund. To do this you need to include a refund letter with your visa application which you give to the Visa Application Centre. We have created a refund letter template for University of Lincoln students (email internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk for this letter). If you are a member of the general public you will need to write your own letter (for example include your personal details, details of your original IHS payment and then request a refund). It is incredibly important that you include this letter with your visa application. If you do not include this letter you may not receive a refund. We would also advise you to include any receipts you received about the first Immigration Health Surcharge payment you made.

As an international student who has paid the Immigration Health Surcharge you have paid for healthcare in the UK. This means you can register with a doctor and receive healthcare.

Students have a choice of 6 different GP Surgeries within Lincoln city centre. Many students choose to register at the on-campus Health Centre; however other surgeries are often closer to home, especially for students living off-campus. You can find details of the on campus health centre here.

As a student you can register at any surgery, providing you live within their ‘catchment area’. To find out which surgery is closest to you download the following leaflet ‘Finding a GP A Student’s Guide’.

When registering, you should take the following documents with you:

  • Personal Identification (passport, driving license etc.)
  • Proof of address with your name and term-time address on it (a household bill, tenancy agreement, etc.)
  • Medical card (if you have one)
  • List of current medications

Surgeries with online registration will likely ask you to produce these documents before they can complete your registration.

You may be asked to book a ‘Registration Appointment’ which is an initial health check and a chance for you to meet a GP or Nurse Practitioner. If you have any ongoing conditions or medication, it is a good time to discuss these and any treatment plans you may have had in place at your previous surgery.

You can view information about healthcare in the UK on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

During your studies you may experience an illness or an injury which may impact on your ability to study.  If this happens you should see a doctor immediately. If you are already registered with a doctor it is much easier to get an appointment. If your studies are affected by a medical condition you will need evidence from a doctor. This is why it is very important to register with a doctor as soon as you arrive in the UK.

If a medical condition does affect your studies the Specialist Advice Team can discuss this confidentially with you. Their drop-in happens Monday-Friday 12pm-2pm in the Student Support Centre. You can also view more information online here.