In its 29 April 2015 blog, ECO-Friendly announced the following:
Effective 6 April 2015, all applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée and other UK Settlement Visa need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their immigration application.
This was according to the UKVI website, who went on to explain that the said requirement was only applicable to all applicants who plan to stay longer than 6 months will now be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.
ECO-Friendly explains that under this requirement, it is therefore now a prerequisite for all applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, or any other UK Settlement Visa to obtain the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) before their application can be processed by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO).
Thus, it is very important for the applicants for the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa, or any other UK Settlement Visa to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) online before they schedule the filing of the application. Otherwise, the processing of the application shall be delayed, or worst be denied for non-compliance with the requirements.
But the question arises, what will happen in the event that an application is denied? What will happen to the Immigration Health Surcharge fee?
As of the last time ECO-Friendly paid for an applicant’s IHS, the applicant for the UK Spouse Visa was asked to pay USD 936.00 online. After the online payment, the UK Spouse Visa applicant was given a reference number which he will declare and indicate in the application. Payments are securely processed by Worldpay.
Students are usually charged £150 per year as a student. Applicants who will be bringing their dependents with them will also be charged the same amount as the principal.
According to the same website, the healthcare surcharge will automatically be refunded in the following instances:
1. The application has been refused and you can’t appeal the decision
2. The application has been refused and your administrative review has been dismissed
3. The application has been refused and you can no longer ask for an administrative review
4. The applicant withdraws the application
Partial refunds will also be allowed in the following instances:
1. The visa application is approved but the applicant was not granted the maximum amount of leave for the visa
2. The appeal or administrative review has been successful and the applicant was granted less time than what was asked for
3. The application has been granted but the dependants are turned down