This change imposes a minimum income requirement of £29,000 for new applicants to the partner visa route. The new minimum income requirement has been set based on earnings and benefit levels to help ensure that migrants are more likely to make a net positive contribution to the public finances. This includes supporting the aim to reduce the overall level of net migration, which is too high.

The minimum income requirement will no longer include a separate child element. This is to ensure that British nationals are not treated less favourably than migrants who are required to meet the General Skilled Worker threshold at a flat rate, regardless of any children being sponsored.

There are transitional arrangements for those who, before 11 April, already have a Family visa within the fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner or five-year partner route, or who applied before 11 April and are being granted. Once a minimum income requirement (MIR) has been met, the same MIR must be met through to settlement on the route, provided the applicant is applying to stay with the same partner. This will
also be the case for children seeking to join or accompany a parent. These arrangements provide certainty for those already within the route, or who apply before the increase comes into force.

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