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Immigration Act 2014

Section 38: Immigration health charge

185.This section provides the Secretary of State with a power, by order, to require certain migrants to pay an immigration health charge. Affected migrants would be required to pay the charge when applying for leave to enter or remain in the UK or when applying for entry clearance. The order may include provision about the amount, method of payment and consequences of non-payment of the charge and for exemptions from the charge. The order may also provide for a reduction, waiver or refund of all or part of the charge. In specifying the amount of the charge, the Secretary of State must have regard to the range of health services likely to be available free of charge for persons who have paid the charge.

186.Subsection (5) provides that any funds collected under this power must be paid to either the Consolidated Fund or applied as specified in the order. The order is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure (see section 74(2)).

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