With the rules taking effect immediately, there is an increment on all the UK visas for non-EU migrants, which has a validity period of over 6 months. The rule was set after the UK government decided to increase the Immigration Health Surcharge to twice its initial value.
In 2015, this mandatory scheme, Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced to permit the temporary workers and students have access to the National Health Services (NHS), as a UK citizen while in the country.
According to Hindustan Times, a spokesperson from the Home office told them on Monday, that the new Surcharge rate applies to migrants who apply from January 8th, 2019. It also reports that previously, the Surcharge rate for the non-EU migrants was at the rate of £200 annually, it has however been increased to double its initial cost, £400 yearly. The Surcharge rate for discounted study visas under Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme), which was previously £150, has also increased to £300.
As reported by the Times of India, the average cost of the visa for a family is about £92, while visa for a long-term is around £821.
New Rule has Effects
Responding on the situation, The Home office stated that the increment would provide funds for NHS. However, The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) stated that the current situation would prevent the non-EU medical practitioners from migrating to the UK
; and this is not good as the NHS staff is already low.
BAPIO claims that this new implementation is not fair and that it discriminates as it is only applicable to the non-EU migrants
and not the EU nationals. They further stated that the national insurance contributions and income tax are used to fund NHS.
There are also other plans for post-Brexit following this visa changes. Mr. Javid, the Home Secretary, said that the net immigration would be brought down to levels that can be sustained.
With this, the newest country to put their immigration under control is the UK. Meanwhile, in the US, more strict ways has been sought by President Trump to screen the US visas, as reported by the Economic Times and according to the Guardian, the Australian government has also made new rules in their immigration program, by decreasing the period on the work visas that were temporary by 2 years.
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