Immigration Health Surcharge exemption will cease to apply for Australian & New Zealand Nationals
On or after 6 April 2016, the Home Office would extend the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to Australian and New Zealand nationals seeking to stay in the United Kingdom for more than six months or renewing their visa in the UK. By way of a background, in April 2015, the Home Office had announced that Australian and New Zealand nationals were exempted from paying the surcharge.
As per the MAC’s recommendation, it is the Home Office’s intention to extend the surcharge to Tier 2 Intracompany Transferees in due course.
As before, the immigration health surcharge will still not be applicable to the following categories:-
- Non-EEA nationals coming to the United Kingdom for six months or less;
- Dependents of armed forces; and
- Applicants making applications on humanitarian grounds.
If you are a UK employer who have (or are recruiting) Australian or New Zealand nationals on Tier 2 & Tier 5 visas, please feel free to get in touch with the Hudson McKenzie global immigration professional with whom you work or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.