What is the Spouse Visa Financial Requirement for 2019?
If you are applying for a Spouse/Partner Visa to join your partner in the UK, you must meet the required minimum income threshold. Unless exempt, you must meet the financial requirement for Spouse Visas in the form of a minimum income threshold. For a partner applying under Appendix FM, without dependent children, the threshold is a gross annual income of at least £18,600. This increases by £3,800 for your first dependent child and £2,400 for any additional children.
The financial requirement can be met through a combination of sources. These include income from employment or self-employment, a pension, non-employment earnings like rent and savings of over £16,000. You are also able to use your own income if you are earning it in the UK as this will contribute to your household income. There may also be cases which exempt you from the financial requirement.
The lawyers at IAS have decades of experience in applying for the UK Spouse Visa. One of the team will check that you meet the requirements. He/she will make sure you have sufficient proof of your earnings and the correct documents completed in full. They will also prepare a Letter of Representation for your application, which provides information about your financial situation to the Home Office in support of your application. Receiving expert advice from a qualified immigration adviser will ensure that your chances of a successful application are maximised. Contact us today on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online to discuss your Spouse Visa application.
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If you are applying with child dependents, the financial requirement is increased with each child.
For the first child, the requirement is increased to £22,400.
For any additional child, there is an increase of £2,400.
You will be able to combine income from multiple sources to reach the financial requirement. These include:
- income from employment/self-employment, as long as you have been earning the wage for at least six months;
- maternity, paternity, adoption or sick pay;
- Non-employment pay, such as from rent or shares;
- Cash savings of over £16,000 if they have been in the couple’s control for over six months.
Your income can only be used towards your application if you are currently residing in the UK and are earning the money in the country. If you have a dependent child who turns 18 before you can apply for settlement, their income can also be used to meet the financial requirement.
Most often, exemptions from the spouse visa financial requirements occur if you are currently receiving any of the following benefits:
- Disability Living Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Attendance Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
- Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme
- Bereavement benefits
If you are eligible for these benefits, you will have to provide evidence of “adequate maintenance” for your spouse and the dependents.
Due to recent changes to immigration law, the Home Office is required to consider specified circumstances if the UK sponsor does not meet the minimum financial requirement. Since August 10th 2017, decisions for Spouse Visa applications take into consideration a number of financial sources.
This may offer hope for some applicants who have had their Spouse/Partner Visas rejected in the past, or for some who may have been put off applying.
Our expert immigration lawyers can give you advice and assistance with all your needs, to ensure that you meet the spouse visa financial requirements.
Our services include:
- ensuring that your documents are sufficient for your application;
- assessing your financial eligibility for a Spouse Visa;
- preparing a Letter of Representation, which details your case and its merits, to accompany your application. This letter will support your application by detailing your financial circumstance to the Home Office;
- liaising with the Home Office on your behalf;
- completing each part of your application form with care and attention.