From 6 April 2015, non EEA migrants intending to come to the UK for more than 6 months, or those who are presently in the UK and seeking to extend their existing visa arrangements, will be subject to the charge.
Initially the charge will be £200 per migrant (£150 for Tier 4 students) for each year of stay and will be payable at the outset. So, for example, a worker migrant proposing to come to the UK on a 5 year Tier 2 General Visa will have to pay an additional £1,000. A similar charge will be made in respect of any dependents that the migrant has with them.
The government’s stated intention of the surcharge is to raise a £1.7 billion contribution over the next ten years to offset the £2 billion cost per year to the NHS in providing services to overseas visitors and migrants.