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As part of your Tier 4 (General) visa application, you will be required to pay an additional fee called the immigration health surcharge (IHS).This payment entitles you to use the National Health Service (NHS) while you are in the UK. Any dependant application is subject to the same charge.

The IHS for students is calculated at £300 per year for each year of your visa. Students coming to the UK for less than six months will not be charged. If your visa includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £150 for this period. If your visa includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £300 for this period.

The exact amount you must pay is based upon how much leave you are granted and not the length of the course. This is because additional leave is granted before and after the end of the course. For example, if your course is 12 months or longer, your visa will start up to one month before the course start date and end four months after the course end date. You need to pay IHS for the additional five months leave.

For full details of the immigration health surcharge, please visit the GOV.UK website.


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