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Immigration Rules Appendix E: maintenance (funds) for the family of Relevant Points Based System Migrants

Maintenance (funds) for the family of Relevant Points Based Systems Migrants

A sufficient level of funds must be available to an applicant applying as the Partner or Child of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant. A sufficient level of funds will only be available if the requirements below are met.

  1. (aa) Paragraphs 1A and 1B of Appendix C also apply to this Appendix.
  2. (ab) Where the application is connected to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant, the applicant cannot use the same funds to score points for maintenance funds from this Appendix as the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant used to score points for attributes under Appendix A.
  3. (a) Where the application is connected to a Tier 1 Migrant (other than a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant or a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Migrant) who is outside the UK or who has been in the UK for a period of less than 12 months, there must be:
    1. (i) £1,260 in funds, where the application is connected to a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant;
    2. (ii) £1,890 in funds in other cases.
  4. (b) Where:
    1. (i) paragraph (a) does not apply, and
    2. (ii) the application is connected to a Relevant Points Based System Migrant who is not a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant, a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Migrant or a Tier 4 (General) Student there must be £630 in funds.
  5. (ba) (i) Where the application is connected to a Tier 4 (General) Student:
    1. (1) if the Tier 4 (General) Student is studying in London (as defined in paragraph 12 of Appendix C), there must be £845 in funds for each month for which the applicant would, if successful, be granted leave under paragraph 319D(a), up to a maximum of nine months, or
    2. (2) if the Tier 4 (General) Student is not studying in London (as defined in paragraph 12 of Appendix C), there must be £680 in funds for each month for which the applicant would, if successful, be granted leave under paragraph 319D(a), up to a maximum of nine months,
    3. and in each case
    4. (3) the applicant must confirm that the funds referred to in (1) or (2) above are:
      1. (i) available in the manner specified in paragraph (f) below for use in living costs in the UK; and
      2. (ii) that the funds will remain available in the manner specified in paragraph (f) below unless used to pay for living costs.
  6. (c) Where the applicant is applying as the Partner of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant the relevant amount of funds must be available to either the applicant or the Relevant Points Based System Migrant.
  7. (d) Where the applicant is applying as the Child of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant, the relevant amount of funds must be available to the applicant, the Relevant Points Based System Migrant, or the applicant’s other parent who is Lawfully present in the UK or being granted entry clearance, or leave to enter or remain, at the same time.
  8. (e) Where the Relevant Points Based System Migrant is applying for entry clearance or leave to remain at the same time as the applicant, the amount of funds available to the applicant must be in addition to the level of funds required separately of the Relevant Points Based System Migrant.
  9. (f) In all cases, the funds in question must be available to:
    1. (i) the applicant, or
    2. (ii) where he is applying as the partner of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant, either to him or to that Relevant Points Based System Migrant, or
    3. (iii) where he is applying as the child of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant, either to him, to the Relevant Points Based System Migrant or to the child’s other parent who is lawfully present in the UK or being granted entry clearance, or leave to enter or remain, at the same time;
  10. (g) The funds in question must have been available to the person referred to in (f) above on the date of the application and for:
    1. (i) a consecutive 90-day period of time, if the applicant is applying as the Partner or Child of a Tier 1 Migrant (other than a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant) or a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Migrant), a Tier 2 Migrant or a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrant;
    2. (ii) a consecutive 28-day period of time, if the applicant is applying as the Partner or Child of a Tier 4 (General) Student;
  11. (h) If the funds in question were obtained when the person referred to in (f) above was in the UK, the funds must have been obtained while that person had valid leave and was not acting in breach of any conditions attached to that leave; and
  12. (i) In the following cases, sufficient funds will be deemed to be available where all of the following conditions are met:
    1. (1) the Relevant Points Based System Migrant to whom the application is connected has, or is being granted, leave as a Tier 2 Migrant,
    2. (2) the Sponsor of that Relevant Points Based System Migrant is A-rated, and
    3. (3) that Sponsor has certified on the Certificate of Sponsorship that, should it become necessary, it will maintain and accommodate the dependants of the relevant Points Based System Migrant up to the end of the first month of the dependant’s leave, if granted. The undertaking may be limited provided the limit is at least £630 per dependant. If the relevant Points Based System Migrant is applying at the same time as the applicant, points will only be awarded if the Relevant Points Based System Migrant provides a valid Certificate of Sponsorship reference number with his application.
  13. (ia) Sufficient funds will not be deemed to be available to the Partner or Child if the specified documents, as set out in paragraph 1B of Appendix C, show that the funds are held in a financial institution listed in Appendix P as being an institution with which the Home Office is unable to make satisfactory verification checks.
  14. (ib) Sufficient funds will be deemed to be available where the application is connected to a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant who scores, or scored, points from Appendix A for an endorsement from the Department for International Trade, and the Department for International Trade has confirmed in the endorsement letter that funding has been awarded that is at least sufficient to cover the required maintenance funds for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant, the applicant and any other dependants.
  15. (j) In all cases the applicant must provide the specified documents as set out in paragraph 1B of Appendix C, unless the applicant is applying at the same time as the Relevant Points Based System Migrant who is a Tier 4 (General) Student sponsored by a sponsor with Tier 4 Sponsor status, is a national of one of the countries or the rightful holder of a qualifying passport issued by one of the relevant competent authorities, as appropriate, listed in Appendix H, and is applying for entry clearance in his country of nationality or in the territory related to the passport he holds, as appropriate, or leave to remain in the UK and the applicant is also a national of the same country, and confirms these requirements are met, in which case the specified documents shall not be required. The Home Office reserves the right to request the specified documents from these applicants. The application will be refused if the specified documents are not provided in accordance with the request made.
  16. (k) Where the funds are in one or more foreign currencies, the applicant must have the specified level of funds when converted to pound sterling (£) using the spot exchange rate which appears on www.oanda.com* for the date of the application.
  17. (l) Where the application is one of a number of applications made at the same time as a partner or child of a Relevant Points Based System Migrant (as set out in paragraphs 319A and 319F) each applicant, including the Relevant Points Based System Migrant if applying at the same time, must have the total requisite funds specified in the relevant parts of appendices C and E. if each applicant does not individually meet the requirements of appendices C and / or E, as appropriate, all the applications (the application by the Relevant Points Based System Migrant and applications as the partner or child of that Relevant Points Based System Migrant) will be refused.
  18. (m) The end date of the 90-day and 28-day periods referred to in (g) above will be taken as the date of the closing balance on the most recent of the specified documents (where specified documents from two or more accounts are submitted, this will be the end date for the account that most favours the applicant), as set out in paragraph 1B of Appendix C, and must be no earlier than 31 days before the date of application.
  19. (n) If:
    1. (i) the Relevant Points-Based System Migrant is a Tier 4 (General) Student who has official financial sponsorship as set out in paragraph 13(iii) of Appendix C, and
    2. (ii) this sponsorship is intended to cover costs of the Relevant Points-Based System Migrant’s family member(s),
  20. the applicant must provide a letter of confirmation from the Tier 4 (General) Student’s official financial sponsor which satisfies the requirements in paragraph 13D of Appendix C, and confirms that the sponsorship will cover costs of the applicant in addition to costs of the Relevant Points-Based System Migrant.
  21. (o) Where the Relevant Points Based System Migrant is applying for entry clearance or leave to remain at the same time as the applicant, and is not required to provide evidence of maintenance funds because of the provisions in paragraph 5(b) of Appendix C, the applicant is also not required to provide evidence of maintenance funds.
  22. (p) Where the applicant:
    1. (i) is not applying at the same time as the Relevant Points Based System Migrant, and
    2. (ii) in the application which led to his most recent grant of entry clearance or leave to remain, the Relevant Points Based System Migrant was not required to provide evidence of maintenance funds because of the provisions in paragraph 5(b) of Appendix C,
  23. the applicant is also not required to provide evidence of maintenance funds.
  24. (q) Overdraft facilities will not be considered towards funds that are available or under an applicant’s own control.