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Health tourist visitors who do not pay their debts for NHS treatment will soon be denied permission to enter or stay in the UK, Immigration Minister Damian Green announced this week.

Changes to the Immigration Rules were laid in Parliament, meaning that those subject to immigration control who fail to settle an outstanding bill of £1,000 or more will not be allowed to enter or remain in the UK until the debt is paid off.

Damian Green said:

‘The NHS is designed to meet the healthcare needs of the UK and we won’t tolerate abuse of this service.

‘We welcome overseas visitors, but those who use NHS facilities need to pay for them, or they will be barred from coming here.

‘It’s very simple – pay up or you won’t be welcome in the UK.’

The NHS will provide information that will enable the UK Border Agency to identify the debtors and – when they apply to return to or remain in the UK – to refuse their applications. The information sharing arrangements are being phased in over the coming months.

It is hoped that the £1,000 threshold will capture 94 per cent of outstanding charges owed to the NHS.

This change follows consultations carried out last year by the UK Border Agency and the Department of Health.

A 2009 review set out to examine the rules on charging overseas visitors for access to NHS services in England. Source: UK Border Agency. 

The UK has been extremely lenient when it comes to providing treatment for visitors on tourist visas, as well as non-EU students, Tier 2 working visa holders and and elderly dependant relatives settling here. 

But this looks set to change and recently even EU members have been forced to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (a form of private medical insurance cover) when applying for a BR1 Yellow Card form to work and study in the UK.

The rule applies only to Bulgarians and Romanians applying to study and work on a yellow card.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website.

See also:

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

Health care workers needed in UK now – Bulgarian and Romanian citizens wanted by employers

National Minimum Wage rates rise this month but are you being paid the correct rate?

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website.

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