The Minimum Income Threshold is the required annual income which the sponsor and / or the main applicant should earn in one whole year immediately preceding the filing of the application.
Most of the British partners, fiancés or spouses of the applicant from the Philippines do not usually reach the MIT and so they are left with no choice but to either settle for an LDR or a long distance relationship or look for additional employment to reach the minimum annual income required by the rules.
Again ECO-Friendly would like to impart to our dear readers, the ways of meeting the financial requirements, as provided under the rules of the UKVI.
Where the applicant has to meet the minimum income threshold, the financial requirement can generally be met in the following five ways:
- Income from salaried or non-salaried employment of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category A or Category B, depending on the employment history.
- Non-employment income, e.g. income from property rental or dividends from shares. This is referred to as Category C.
- Cash savings of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant, above £16,000, held by the partner and/or the applicant for at least 6 months and under their control. This is referred to as Category D.
- State (UK or foreign), occupational or private pension of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant. This is referred to as Category E.
- Income from self-employment, and income as a director or employee of a specified limited company in the UK, of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category F or Category G, depending on which financial year(s) is or are being relied upon.
Some of these income may be combined with the other income in case the earnings is insufficient
ECO-Friendly will explain each and every way of meeting the MIT in its next blog.
By the way, ECO-Friendly would like to inform its loyal readers that the old terms for the UK Spouse Visa and the UK Fiancée Visa which were “SETTLEMENT-WIFE” and “SETTLEMENT-MARRIAGE” respectively, has now been changed to “APPLY TO ENTER THE UK AS A PARTNER” for both visas.
But for purposes of our blogs, we will still refer to them as the UK Spouse Visa and UK Fiancée Visa.
Until next time!