Immigration - Spouse Visa Applications

18th June 2020

The Home Office has updated its guidance to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement for people who need to apply for a Spouse Visa.

Such groups of people may be under particular pressure during the covid19 crisis, where one partner has experienced a loss of earnings as a result of the economic crash that potentially means the family fall foul of the financial requirements.

Until quite recently there was no published concession for people in this situation. Thankfully there is now a new section of the guidance on Changes to the minimum income and adequate maintenance requirement. It states:

If you have experienced a loss of income due to coronavirus, we will consider employment income for the period immediately before the loss of income due to coronavirus, provided the requirement was met for at least 6 months up to March 2020.

If your salary has reduced because you’re furloughed, we will take account of your income as though you’re earning 100% of your salary.

If you’re self-employed, a loss of annual income due to coronavirus between 1 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 will generally be disregarded, along with the impact on employment income from the same period for future applications.

This is welcome news given the fact many people’s income may have been reduced or has completely stopped during the covid19 crisis, and fear for their right to stay together as a family in the UK.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact our Immigration advisor Lee Campbell at lee.campbell@battens.co.uk