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August 24, 2020

Spouse Visa Entry Clearance: Requirements of Self-employment Sponsor

Once our clients are applying for spouse visa entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK as a spouse or partner under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, they are required to meet income threshold.

Appendix FM provides very strict requirements as to how the financial requirement may be satisfied. The financial requirement may be met in a number of ways, including by relying upon income from self-employment.

The Immigration Rules state that unless the applicant is in the UK and is lawfully working as a self-employed person, only the income of the partner from their self-employment may be taken into account when determining whether the threshold is met. There are two ways in which the financial requirement can be satisfied by relying on income received through self-employment. These are known as ‘Category F’ and ‘Category G’ applications.

Categories: F Self Employment & G Self Employment – Spouse Visa 

For a Category F application, the self-employed person can rely upon the income from the last full financial year to meet the financial requirement.

For a Category G application, the self-employed person can rely upon the average income received in the last 2 full financial years to meet the requirement. For Instance, an applicant must demonstrate a gross annual income of £24,800. If the self-employed partner received an income of £20,000 in the last full financial year, but in the previous financial year they received an income of £30,000, the mean average income from the last 2 financial years is £25,000.

Combined self-employment Income

Self-employed income can be combined with other specified income such as salaried and non-salaried employment, non-employment income and pension income, but current cash savings cannot be combined with self-employment income.


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Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at or call +44 207 993 63 46.