Overseas Students: Health Services and Visas

Home Office written question – answered on 7 September 2023.

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Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to allow international students to split the cost of their (a) visa and (b) immigration health surcharge over the duration of their visa, in the context of planned increases in those costs.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

There is no intention to permit the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to be paid in instalments. The IHS is designed to be paid up-front, in full, so an individual’s healthcare is covered for the duration of their immigration permission in the UK.

The immigration and nationality fees regulations 2018 require visa fees to be paid in full in order for the application to be valid. There are currently no plans to change this requirement.

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