A top organization representing Indian doctors and the host of their colleagues from all over the world is not pleased with the immigration health surcharge which has been raised from £200 to £400. This surcharge is paid when applying for a UK visa. For this reason, the organization has termed the raise as “unfair and discriminatory.” The surcharge came into effect in April 2015 and was mandatory for all persons from non-EU member states who seek a UK visa with a minimum validity of 6 months. This surcharge is compulsory for everyone; professionals, students, etc. as well as every one of their family members for each year they stay in the UK. This amount is separate from all the other fees that come with a UK visa application. The hike in the surcharge was announced in October 2018, when the UK Home Office made it public that the £200 surcharge paid per person for each year will be raised to £400. According to the announcement, students and persons on a youth mobility scheme will be getting a £100 discount and therefore will be paying £300. This raise will become effective from January 8, 2019. The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin — BAPIO for short — wrote a letter to the UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid calling the surcharge “unfair and discriminatory” and further calling for its removal.
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