What Income Qualifies For a UK Spouse Visa for my Thai Wife?

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The stipulations for the financial requirements for the spouse visa are quite clear in the amounts required, but it is perhaps less clear what income will qualify. Here is our list of what is included although this is not exhaustive:

  • Income from employment, either salaried or otherwise. If the income is your Thai wife’s salary, she would need to seek permission to work in the UK
  • Income from self-employment
  • Income from a directorship of a UK Limited Company
  • Income from property rentals, dividends/investments, or child maintenance
  • Income from state, private or occupational pensions
  • Any income from maternity or bereavement benefits in the UK
  • Savings of over £16,000 that have been held in your name for a minimum of six months
  • A combination of income and savings to meet the threshold


Exemptions from the Financial Requirements


In certain circumstances, the financial requirements may be altered to “adequate maintenance” if you (the British National) receive certain benefits or allowances although your Thai wife will need to prove that she can support herself with recourse to public funds. These include:


  • Carers Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement, or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme.
  • Police Injury Pension.
  • Other Qualifying Benefits


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