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Applying for a Spouse Visa? Read the Updated COVID19 Immigration Policy To See How it Affects You

19 June 2020 #Immigration

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have published further guidance on applying for a spouse visa, if you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes allow those who have experienced a loss of income or are unable to provide specified documents to apply by relying on this guidance.

Loss of income

The UK spouse visa rules have a minimum income requirement, and normally requires the applicant to demonstrate their income in the last 6 months, if employed, or their annual income, if self-employed.

The COVID-19 policy provides a temporary relaxation to this requirement, provided the minimum income requirement was met before march 2020. The COVID-19 policy states that if the applicant and/or their partner have experienced a loss of income due to the coronavirus, they can:

  • If employed, the applicant/partner can rely on income prior to March 2020, provided the minimum income requirement was met for at least 6 months up to March 2020. If the individual has been furloughed, the UKVI will consider take into account their income, as if they were receiving 100% of their salary.
  • If self-employed, any loss of income between 31 March 2020 and 31 July 2020 will be disregarded.

Documentary evidence

The COVID-19 policy allows provides discretion to caseworkers to exempt applicants from providing specific documents, if they cannot get them because of the impact of the coronavirus. However, these documents may be requested after the application is submitted.

The discretion also allows individuals to apply for an exemption if their English language test centre was closed, or they were unable to travel due to the coronavirus.


The impact of the Coronavirus will be felt by applicants for several months, and as such the continued updates from UKVI are welcome. However, applicants need to understand how these changes affect them, and their applications.

Clarkslegal, specialist Immigration lawyers in London, Reading and throughout the Thames Valley.
For further information about this or any other Immigration matter please contact Clarkslegal's immigration team by email at by telephone 020 7539 8000 (London office), 0118 958 5321 (Reading office) or by completing the form on this page.
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