Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has cleared the air on whether immigrants in the UK applying for leave to remain will have to pay an additional fee for the Immigration Health Surcharge or not.
She confirmed that no one applying for leave to remain will be asked to pay an additional fee.
In a written answer to Hywel Williams, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Ms Nokes said: “As part of the application process the customer is required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, in full, before they pay their application fee. Therefore, no customer will be asked to pay an additional fee for the Immigration Health Surcharge after they have paid for their application fee.”
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Mr Williams had sought to know from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people applying for leave to remain had been asked to pay an additional fee for the Immigration Health Surcharge after paying the full amount for the application in each of the last five years.
In her response, Ms Nokes said: “Any additional payments would only be requested because there was a shortfall within the Immigration Health Surcharge paid. We do not hold data on these top up requests.”