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This Practice Note looks at the requirements for meeting the minimum income threshold under the five-year route to settlement when relying in whole or in part on income derived from self-employment. The Immigration Rules treat directors and (for decisions taken on or after 6 April 2017) certain employees of 'specified limited companies' as if they were self-employed for these purposes and as regards which other income can be combined towards meeting the threshold, so all references to self-employment and self-employed person(s) also apply to persons who fall within this class.
As with the other sources of income that can be relied upon towards the financial requirements, self-employment income is assigned lettered categories in the Immigration Directorate Instruction (IDI) that deals with the financial requirements of Appendix FM, and in the relevant application forms. These categories are not referred to in Appendix FM or Appendix FM-SE, although the different ways that the income source can be relied on are set out there, and this forms the basis for dividing the source into categories.
Self-employed persons have a choice of relying on income:
from the last full financial year of the country in which the income was taxed—this will be a Category F application, or
from an average of the last two full financial years of the country in which the income was taxed—this will
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