Wednesday, 30 December 2020

🧐 Furlough leave and UK visas


If you have been furloughed, how does it affect your UK immigration status? Here at 1st 4Immigration it has been a common question during 2020.

Spouses/Partners of British citizens - Financial Requirement £18,600.
The time you spent on furlough can be considered as ‘normal' employment on a full pay. For example, if you normally earn a salary of £18,600 pa, and were paid 80% of that while on furlough, your salary will be treated as being £18,600 for the purpose of the visa application.

Tier 2 (General) workers - appropriate salary.
The short answer is Yes, it's OK to be furloughed under the Government scheme, ie Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, with the salary reduced accordingly. It wouldn't be a problem in the next visa application (extension or Indefinite Leave). The migrant workers are eligible for these schemes in the same way as resident workers. However, such reductions in salary must be temporary and a part of a company-wide policy to avoid redundancies and in which all workers are treated the same.


Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants - pay of your employees.
Time when your employees were furloughed will count towards the 12 months of “2 jobs for settled workers" if they have been paid at least 80% of their normal salary. Until as late as 1 December 2020, the rules were still saying “cannot be counted” but then this welcome change occurred!


For an individual advice or to make an application, please contact us on this email: or book an online consultation with an immigration lawyer here.


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