May 6, 2015

Visa renewal application update- for migrant domestic workers who entered the UK before April 2012

Immigration Health Surcharge

In April 2015 the UK introduced an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This is a new requirement that in order to apply to renew your domestic worker visa you need to pay a set amount towards the right to access the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

The charge for migrant domestic workers is £200. There is currently a problem with the Home Office website which means you will be charged £100. The Home Office have advised that you will be charged the additional £100 and that you should include a short letter with your application explaining that you understand that they are aware of the technical problem and will charge you the remainder.

You need to pay this before you apply to renew your visa. You will be given a reference number when you pay which you must enter on your FLR(0) application form.

You need to pay the charge online and you will need a debit or credit card.

You need to log on to https://www.gov.uk/healthcare-immigration-application/pay and follow the instructions to register and pay the charge.

You will be given a reference number which you will need to enter onto your FLR(0) form.

If you need help with any of this please call Kalayaan on 020 7243 2942 to make an appointment at least a month before your visa is due to expire.

Required Contract of Employment

All FLR(0) visa renewal applications must now include this UKVI contract which can be found at appendix 7 of the immigration rules.