Minimum income threshold: Categories A and B: employment—general principles
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin & Miller LLP
Minimum income threshold: Categories A and B: employment—general principles

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: Categories A and B: employment—general principles
  • Whose income can be relied upon?
  • What income can be relied upon—general principles
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption or sick pay

This Practice Note looks at the general principles as to whose and what income can be relied on in order to meet the minimum income threshold under the five-year route when relying in whole or in part on employment income. It should be read in conjunction with the Practice Notes: Minimum income threshold: Categories A and B: employment—step by step and Minimum income threshold: Categories A and B: employment—specified evidence.

Whose income can be relied upon?

For entry clearance applications for applicant partners, only the employment income of the sponsoring partner can be relied on. The same applies to an entry clearance application by any child of the applicant partner who is applying at the same time as them.

If a child is applying for entry clearance after the applicant partner has already obtained limited leave and is in the UK and working legally, the applicant partner's income from employment can be included, as can the employment income of any other dependent child of the applicant partner provided that certain circumstances are met. Any such child must:

  1. have leave in that capacity

  2. continue to be counted towards the financial requirement

  3. be living in the same UK household as the applicant partner

  4. be working lawfully, and

  5. be aged 18 or over

For leave to remain applications, specified employment income can include that