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UK Students incur health surcharge and gain access to free healthcare

Posted on April  10 , 2015

Students applying to study in the UK on a course lasting longer than 6 months and others applying for limited leave (long stay) will now (as of 6th April 2015) need to pay an immigration health surcharge.

This change was made under the The Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015, published on 23 March 2015 and came into force on 6 April 2015.

This enables those on UK student visas to access UK’s National Health Services (NHS)., some of which will be free of charge. However, they will still need to pay for certain services such as dental treatment, eye tests and prescriptions.

Visitors to the UK will not need to pay the health surcharge, unless they are applying to stay more than six months.  Academic visitors are also exempt from the health surcharge.

However,  visitors and short-term students are not entitled to free NHS treatment. Some visitors will be entitled to free healthcare on a different basis, such as reciprocal arrangements for New Zealand and Australian citizens and exceptions for EU and Swiss nationals.

The charge is GBP150 for students and their dependents and GBP200 for other applicants.