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What options are available to a British sponsor who is residing in the UK but is employed by an overseas company to meet the financial requirement under Immigration Rules, Appendix FM?

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Produced in partnership with Jocelyn Howorth of Immigration Joss
Published on LexisPSL on 10/07/2019

The following Immigration Q&A produced in partnership with Jocelyn Howorth of Immigration Joss provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What options are available to a British sponsor who is residing in the UK but is employed by an overseas company to meet the financial requirement under Immigration Rules, Appendix FM?

What options are available to a British sponsor who is residing in the UK but is employed by an overseas company to meet the financial requirement under Immigration Rules, Appendix FM?

This Q&A only considers employment income and not income derived from other sources, such as self-employment, savings or income from dividends for example. It considers the situation in which the settled party ‘The Sponsor’ in the UK is living in the UK, but is employed by an overseas company.

An applicant under Immigration Rules, Appendix FM is expected, in most instances, to have a sponsor, that is a spouse or partner, working in the UK and earning a minimum annual income. For a couple with no children this minimum income threshold would be £18,600, for couples with children the varying minimum thresholds are available. See Practice Note: Minimum income threshold: what you need to show and the general operating principles.

In some aspects of the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, it is only necessary to show adequate maintenance, if

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