IMMIGRATION HEALTHCARE: IHS is the ‘immigration health surcharge’. It is part of UK immigration and visa applications.
When to Make Payment
You can make an immigration application online or you can apply at a premium service centre.
In these cases you would pay the surcharge as part of your application or at the time you book your appointment. You can also apply for a UK visa by post. In this case, you would pay the surcharge online before sending in the application.
Start Using the National Health Service
Once you complete ‘both‘ of these two steps you can start to use the National Health Service:
- Either you paid the healthcare surcharge or you have exemption from paying it.
- The immigration department granted your visa or immigration application.
Some NHS services are not covered as part of the IHS. You will need to pay for eye tests, prescriptions, and dental treatment. Always take your biometric residence permit when you access UK healthcare services.
Note: Remember to include the immigration health surcharge reference number on the application form.
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