How Much Money Do I Need To Sponsor My Thai Wife?

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If you and your Thai wife are planning on moving back to the UK, in most circumstances, you will need to act as her sponsor. In order to qualify for a UK Spouse Visa, you will need to earn a minimum of £18,600 per annum. This figure is significantly higher than the minimum wage, and you must have been receiving the income before her applying for a UK visa. Generally, this is between six and twelve months with wage slips from your employer acting as proof.


What if you are self-employed?


It is slightly more complicated if you are self-employed as you will need to show that you have earned this income as net profit from one year’s trading activities. Sometimes this can be made even more complicated if you work for a family business or you run a Limited company.


Where can the income come from?


  • The income that you earn from employment, either salaried or otherwise
  • Profits from self-employment
  • Income from a directorship of a UK Limited Company
  • Any income that you make from property rentals, dividends/investments along with child maintenance (nearly all other benefits are not eligible, but we can advise you on this)
  • The income that you receive from the state, private or occupational pensions
  • Savings of over £16,000 in your name and held for a minimum of six months
  • Any combination of both income and savings that mean you meet the threshold


How can Thai Visa Express Help?



Thai Visa Express is a team of professional immigration consultants who are always ready to assist you with your UK visa application in Thailand. We have over 15 years of experience dealing with UK visas & immigration daily, and we are regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in the UK. We offer a free 30-minute consultation from one of our designated caseworkers, contact us today.

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