The government’s planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is now due to be implemented on 31 January 2024 at the earliest.
The new fees were originally due to come into effect on 16 January 2024, according to a draft order laid before Parliament in October last year. However, this has now been delayed as the increase may only be implemented 21 days after it becomes law.
The IHS rise is scheduled to be debated in the House of Commons today (10th January 2024). This means that the earliest day the new fees can take effect is now 31 January 2024.
The delay provides some extra time for individuals to submit their visa applications before the higher fees kick in.