The government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £200 to £400 per year.
The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise from £150 to £300 per year.
Introduced in 2015, the IHS is payable by those from outside the European Economic Area coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer.
The increase is likely to be implemented sometime this year.
UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double
The number of Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) available for January 2018 was exceeded by demand for the second consecutive month.
UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 (General) Oversubscribed For Second Month
The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 (General) restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) was exceeded in December 2017, for only the second time since the introduction of the migration cap in 2011.
As a result, the minimum required score was increased for applications in December 2017, a significant number of RCoS requests were rejected, and 91 RCoS were “borrowed” from January 2018’s allocation.
Affected employers may be able to reapply for January 2018 (the deadline for requests is 5 January). However with the allocation for January reduced by 91, there is the possibility that applications for lower-paid jobs will again be rejected.
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UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 General Oversubscribed