Minimum income threshold: an introduction
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin & Miller LLP
Minimum income threshold: an introduction

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin & Miller LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Minimum income threshold: an introduction
  • Which rules apply?
  • The different financial tests in Appendix FM
  • Finding your way around the financial requirements
  • The impact of the minimum income threshold
  • The MM litigation

One of the key changes introduced by Appendix FM was the introduction of new financial requirements. For the majority of new applicants, the previous requirement to demonstrate ‘adequate maintenance’ has been replaced by a more stringent prescribed minimum income/savings requirement. For ease of reference and consistency with the relevant Immigration Directorate Instruction, we refer to this as the ‘minimum income threshold’, as although savings can be relied upon to meet the financial requirements, the level of any savings relied upon is directly linked to the minimum income required (with savings replacing any shortfall in annual income according to a precise formula).

Which rules apply?

In summary, in relation to applications for entry clearance or further leave to remain as a partner or child of a partner with limited leave:

  1. for applications for entry clearance and for applications for further limited or indefinite leave where the original application for leave to enter or remain was made on or after 9 July 2012, Appendix FM applies

  2. for applications for further limited or indefinite leave to remain where the applicant partner has previously been granted leave to enter or to remain under Part 8 of the Immigration Rules and meets the requirements of the transitional provisions, Appendix FM does not apply and the test of adequate maintenance remains

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