Minimum income threshold: Category C—non-employment income
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin & Miller LLP
Minimum income threshold: Category C—non-employment income

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: Category C—non-employment income
  • Whose non-employment income can be relied on?
  • General rules
  • What non-employment income is excluded?
  • What non-employment income is included?
  • Income from property rental
  • Dividends or other investment income
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate maintenance grants or stipends
  • Interest on savings
  • Maintenance payments from former partners
  • more

This Practice Note looks at the requirements for meeting the minimum income threshold under the five-year route for settlement when relying in whole or in part on income derived from permitted non-employment sources.

As with the other sources of income that can be relied on, non-employment income is assigned a lettered category (C) in the Immigration Directorate Instruction (IDI) that deals with the financial requirements, and in the relevant immigration forms. These categories are not referred to in Appendix FM or Appendix FM-SE of the Immigration Rules, although the requirements that underpin the split into categories are.

Whose non-employment income can be relied on?

Specified non-employment income of all or any of the following persons can generally be relied upon to meet the minimum income threshold:

  1. the applicant partner

  2. the sponsoring partner, and

  3. in the case of applications for leave to remain by a partner, any dependant child of the applicant partner or sponsoring partner (or, in the case of applications for entry clearance or leave to remain by a child, any dependant child of the applicant partner) who:

    1. has leave in that capacity

    2. has turned 18

    3. remains in the same UK household as the applicant partner, and

    4. continues to be counted towards the financial requirement

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