Government updates Appendix FM Financial Requirement guidance amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government updates Appendix FM Financial Requirement guidance amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Home Office has updated its Appendix FM Financial Requirement guidance to amend its coronavirus (COVID-19) concession, in relation to the minimum income threshold for applications for entry clearance, limited leave to remain and indefinite leave.  It confirms that the listed concessions will apply where there is a temporary loss of income between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021. The guidance was updated on 13 October 2020.

The guidance confirms that income received via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme can count as employment or self-employment income.

Where there is evidence of a temporary loss of income due to coronavirus during the period 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 the following concessions will apply:

 • a temporary loss of employment income between 1 March and 1 January 2021, due to coronavirus, will be disregarded provided the minimum income requirement was met at the required level for at least six months up to March 2020

• an applicant or sponsor furloughed under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be deemed as earning 100% of their salary

• a temporary loss of annual income due to coronavirus between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 will generally be disregarded for self-employment income, along with the impact on employment income from the same period for future applications

• evidential flexibility may be applied where an applicant or sponsor experiences difficulty accessing specified evidence due to coronavirus restrictions

Source: Chapter 08: appendix FM family members (immigration staff guidance)

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