Increase in UK Family Visa Income Requirement from 11 April 2024

Increase in UK Family Visa Income Requirement from 11 April 2024


The UK has increased the minimum income requirement for family visas to £29,000 effective from 11 April 2024.

This is a significant rise of over 55% from the previous level of £18,600.

The income threshold is planned to increase further, ultimately reaching £38,700 by early 2025, aligning it with the new threshold for Skilled Worker visas.

This phased approach is intended to allow families time to adjust to the new financial requirements​.

There are some exceptions to the new minimum income requirement. Existing visa holders on the five-year partner route are not affected. Additionally, the additional income requirement for dependent children has been abolished. This simplifies the application process for some families.


Higher Threshold Aligns with Government Policy


The increase is being implemented as part of the Government’s broader 5-point plan to reduce net migration and to focus on attracting highly skilled workers who are deemed to contribute more significantly to the economy.

The Government justifies the policy by arguing that a higher minimum income requirement from family sponsors will ensure partners coming to the UK are economically self-reliant and less dependent on public funds.


Impact of the New Threshold


This policy shift will concern couples with a combined income below the new £29,000 threshold. It is likely to disproportionately affect younger couples or those working in lower-paying professions, potentially hindering family reunification.

Those struggling to meet the minimum income threshold may consider alternative routes, depending on their circumstances. Another potential solution is for the sponsoring partner to increase their earnings or seek a higher-paying job. However, this might not be achievable for everyone in the current economic climate.

The staged increase also adds an element of uncertainty. Couples planning to apply in the near future may look to fast-track family visa applications before the next threshold takes effect, potentially leading to a surge in applications and longer processing times.


Gill Laing is a qualified Legal Researcher & Analyst with niche specialisms in Law, Tax, Human Resources, Immigration & Employment Law.

Gill is a Multiple Business Owner and the Managing Director of Prof Services - a Marketing & Content Agency for the Professional Services Sector.

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