TopicHealth Tax in United Kingdom Hurting Foreign Nurses

  • Tue 12th Jun 2018 - 10:43am

    When a Kenyan nurse took up a job in the UK a few years ago, he felt his family's future had been secured.

    But now the distraught father-of-three is struggling financially to reunite his family.

    Ken, not his real name, lives with his wife and daughter.

    But his twin children, a boy and a girl, remain in Kenya where they live with relatives.

    That's because Ken is unable to raise enough money to cover a British health tax, known as the immigration health surcharge (IHS).

    'Struggling to stay a float'

    Migrant workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and their dependents have to a pay an annual fee of £200 ($268) each.

    Ken is also required to have £2,185 in his account for three months before he can apply to bring his twins into the country - on top of the £400 he will need for their health tax.

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    "It's very difficult to explain to them when they ask me when they will join me here.

    "Ideally, every parent would love to be with all their children."

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