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

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—step by step
  • Where are the requirements found?
  • Step 1—identify the category options
  • Step 2—identify what previous income can be included and the nature of the employment
  • Step 3—apply the category-specific rules to the applicant’s situation
  • Category A—with current employer for six months or more: person residing in the UK
  • Category A—with current employer for six months or more: sponsoring partner returning from overseas
  • Category B—less than six months with current employer or variable income: person residing in the UK
  • Category B—less than six months with current employer or variable income: sponsoring partner returning to the UK
  • Part 1—the sponsoring partner must have a confirmed job offer or signed contract for employment in the UK
  • more

Relying on employment income may be the most common way of meeting the minimum income threshold under the five-year route to settlement, but it is not necessarily the most straightforward. Given the various types of employment and the multiple scenarios that may be relevant, the rules for those seeking to rely in whole or in part on employment income are surprisingly complex.

This Practice Note provides a step-by-step guide to ascertaining whether an application by a partner and/or their child(ren) will meet the minimum income threshold on the basis of employed income, whether on its own or in combination with other sources of income/cash savings.

Where are the requirements found?

Appendix FM specifies:

  1. the calculation for the relevant minimum income threshold that needs to be met—see Practice Note: Minimum income threshold: what you need to show and the general operating principles

  2. that, in relation to employment income, this must be from ‘specified employment’ in order to be relied on

  3. whose income can be relied on—see Practice Note: Minimum income threshold: Categories A and B: employment—general principles, and

  4. if necessary, which forms of non-employment income, self-employed income and cash savings can be used in combination with the employment income to meet the minimum income threshold

Important note: in this Practice Note, the word 'person' refers to any person whose funds can be