Minimum income threshold: what you need to show and the general operating principles
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin Miller
Minimum income threshold: what you need to show and the general operating principles

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin Miller provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Minimum income threshold: what you need to show and the general operating principles
  • Establishing the level of income required
  • Definition of a child for the purposes of calculating the minimum income threshold
  • Understanding the general ‘operating principles’ that apply to the sources, presentation and format of documents
  • Format of evidence
  • General format requirements
  • Bank statements and other documents from financial institutions
  • Payslips
  • Funds
  • Third party support
  • More...

Minimum income threshold: what you need to show and the general operating principles

This Practice Note looks at several key practical issues in relation to the minimum income threshold under Appendix FM: how to establish what the minimum income threshold is, and, in relation to five-year route applications, the general (non-category-specific) requirements that apply to the format of specified documents and the funds that an applicant can rely on.

For details of the different requirements that apply where an applicant meets all of the five-year route requirements bar the financial requirement, but is able to meet the minimum income threshold using non-specified sources, see Practice Note: Appendix FM: exceptional circumstances cases under para GEN.3—Exceptional circumstances: para GEN.3.1: financial requirement.

Establishing the level of income required

The minimum income threshold for an applicant partner applying alone is currently set at £18,600. For an applicant partner with one child, an additional £3,800 is required, and for each additional child after that a further £2,400; for example:

Number of applicantsMinimum annual gross income
Applicant£18,600
Applicant + 1 dependant child£22,400
Applicant + 2 dependant children£24,800
Applicant + 3 dependant children£27,200

It is generally necessary to show these sums regardless of whether the applicants apply together or separately. This is because the definition of a ‘child’ under Appendix FM includes any dependant child who is applying at the same time for leave to

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