Our firm consulted an applicant who wished to apply for a spouse visa to join his wife (Sponsor) in the UK. His wife was in receipt of Disability Living Allowance and they had reservations as to whether they could even meet the spouse visa financial requirement.
The published guidance notes exempts person in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, from meeting the strict income provisions under the spouse visa financial requirement.
This applies also to:
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
- Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or Constant Attendance Allowance
- Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme
The applicant and sponsor must provide the following documentary evidence in support of the application:
- Official documentation from the Department for Work and Pensions or Veterans Agency confirming the current entitlement and the amount currently received
- At least one personal bank statement in the 12-month period prior to the date of application. The bank statement should show payment of the benefit or allowance into their account.
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The relevant guidance is set out in IDI Chapter 8 section 1.7a.
However, the applicant and sponsor must go on to provide evidence that they can adequately maintain and accommodate themselves without recourse to public funds or additional benefits.
Should the visa be extended from within the UK, the applicant will be exempt from meeting the minimum income requirements unless her sponsor ceases to be entitled to or is no longer in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.
The applicant was pleased to receive the above advise and is now in the process of gathering further documentary evidence to support their spouse visa application.
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