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John Green wrote:The Health Surcharge introduced in 2015. To bring my wife (non-EU) into the UK as my spouse, for the full 5 years residence period to ILR costs £2,000 (£1,000 each). It is £600 for the entry clearance spouse visa and £500 when she extends her visa, so not £2000 as you have stated.
For this payment, she has the same rights to access the NHS as I do, a UK citizen, and this applies from the first day she gets to the UK. (There are no waiting time restrictions.) Is this correct please? Yes
So does this include her access to the normal range of NHS treatment in hospitals (where I believe that there were in the past potential problems if an immigrant asked for treatment. For example they had to prove they had the right papers and they could be refused) as well as being able to access NHS GP surgeries and get the normal range of free medicines on prescription when she needs them? She can access the full range of NHS services while on a spouse visa. It is visitors on a visitor visa that are not permitted or entitled to the free NHS service.
There is a GOV.UK website that is supposed to help to calculate the precise amount of this to pay, but it doesn't make sense since it assumes both myself and my wife are in the UK on visas, at: She needs to apply as 'applying on my own' not with your details included.
https://www.immigration-health-surcharg ... ecker/type
YOU don't pay it as a British Citizen. It is ONLY payable by the person applying for a visa. Your spouses first visa will be issued for 33 months, hence £600 health surcharge is payable.Dependants usually need to pay the same amount as you.