On 8 June 2020, the UK Home Office updated its Covid-19 guidance to include reductions for those migrants and applicants who may no longer meet the minimum income threshold in spouse and partner immigration applications and on the United Kingdom fiancé visa applications and English language testing for partner and spouse visa applications.
Minimum income requirements for Spouse partner and fiancé immigration applications under Appendix FM
According to the sources, the information regarding Minimum income requirement for Spouse, partner and fiancé immigration applications under Appendix FM was removed from the Official GOV website without any reason but later re-emerged after a few hours without the phrase
“If you have suffered a loss of income due to Covid-19 pandemic, you will not be disadvantaged”.
According to the latest updates the current version states that:
‘The United Kingdom Home Office will take into account employment income for the period right before the loss of income due to Covid-19, on condition that the requirement was met for no less than 6 months up to March 2020. If your salary has decreased for the reason that you are furloughed, The Home Office will consider your income as though you are earning 100% of your salary. If you are self-employed, a deficit of annual income due to Coronavirus pandemic from 1 March 2020 till 31 July 2020 will all in all be ignored, together with the impact on employment income from the similar period for future visa applications.’
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Home Office Covid-19 guidance on Fiancé applications
The United Kingdom Home Office has also validated that:
‘If you are in the United Kingdom with 6 months’ leave as a fiancé/fiancée or proposed civil partner and your wedding or civil ceremony has been postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic you can either apply for a visa extension until 31 July by updating your immigration records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team, or apply to prolong your stay in the United Kingdom for a further 6 months to let the wedding or civil ceremony to happen.’
Home Office Covid-19 guidance on English language testing Regarding the English language testing, the United Kingdom Home Office also stated that:
‘If the visa applicant is asked to take an English language test as part of the visa application, the visa applicant can apply for an exemption if the test centre was closed or you were unable to travel to the test centre due to Covid-19 pandemic when you applied for the visa.’
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