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Health Surcharge Refund

Immigration Health Surcharge Refund

IHS is refundable, even though it happens 'automatically' as a rule. There are several reasons why you might get an immigration healthcare surcharge refund.

This help guide explains how to get your payment for Immigration Health Surcharge refunded and how long the process will take.

IHS PAYMENT REFUND: In fact, the repayment process for Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is an automatic one.

There is no special process needed because it gets refunded to the account or to the credit card that you used to pay it with.

Some reasons for receiving a full UK IHS refund include situations whereby:

In some cases you may get a partial Immigration Healthcare Surcharge refund. The IHS partial refund can occur when a visa application is successful, but:

There are some situations that mean you will not get an IHS payment refund from the Home Office in the United Kingdom. Typical circumstances for being declined would be if:

Note: New measures mean some medicines are no longer available on the NHS (e.g. low value treatments). GPs are telling patients to get prescriptions for common illnesses from a pharmacy instead.

How Long for IHS Refund

The first step is getting a decision on your application for a UK visa. Once that takes place it usually takes up to sixty (60) days to receive IHS refunds.

Note: You can ask for a visa administrative review if your application gets refused. But, it means a Home Office IHS refund request may take longer to receive if you appeal against a visa or immigration decision.

IHS Appeals Process (or administrative review)

In some cases, the time it takes to claim a reimbursement can depend on where you applied from:

You would need to repay the IHS if an appeal or administrative review is successful and you already received your IHS surcharge refund. In some cases you may also need to repay a different amount such as if:

What is the IHS Payment?

The main section clarifies how to pay for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application. Check the current fees and when you can start using the National Health Service (NHS).

Several factors influence UK NHS charges for foreign nationals (e.g. people from abroad). Nationality alone does not determine your entitlement to free NHS treatment.

UK IHS Refund Not Received?

Important: Applicants should contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) if their refund does not get paid within fifty (50) days. Be aware that the online service does not provide an email address.

How to Get a Refund of Immigration Healthcare Surcharge in United Kingdom