Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa: Tier 1, Tier 2 Work, Tier 4 Student, Tier 5 Temporary Workers

This relates to UK Visa maintenance funds requirements for Points Based System Tier 1 HS Migrants, Tier 2 Work, Tier 4 Student and Tier 5 Temporary Workers as per Appendix C of the Immigration Rules.

1. Overview 2. Tier 1 High Value Migrants 3. Tier 2 Skilled Workers 4. Tier 4 Student 5. Tier 4 Child Student 6. Tier 5 Temporary Worker

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1. Overview

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa

Apart from Tier 1 Investor and Exceptional Talent, all other types of PBS applicants require to have maintenance funds to cover the cost of living in the UK. Moreover, the maintenance funds requirements are different for the various subcategories of PBS applicants. For instance, the maintenance funds requirements for UK Tier 1 visa are £3,310/-. However, the maintenance funds requirements for Tier 4 Student are £1,265 for each month if studying in London and £1,015 for each month if studying outside London. 

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK PBS Visa - Summary

Maintenance Funds Requirements for PBS Applicants Level of Funds (10 Points)
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) £3,310 for Entry Clearance
£945 for Leave to Remain
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) £1,890 for Entry Clearance
£945 for Leave to Remain
Tier 2 Migrants £945
Tier 4 (General) Students £1,265 for each month if studying in London
£1,015 for each month if studying outside London
Tier 4 (Child) Student Foster Carer or Relative has funds equivalent to at least £570 per month
£1,560 per month for child and parent
£625 per month for each additional child
Tier 4 (Child) Student 16 or 17 years age- living independently and studying at a non-residential Independent School £1,265 for each month if studying in London
£1,015 for each month if studying outside London
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrants £945
Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) Temporary Migrants £1,890

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2. Tier 1 High Value Migrants

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa

In terms of paragraphs 1-3 of Appendix C, Tier 1 Migrants require to score 10 Points for maintenance funds for entry clearance, leave to remain and extension applications. Accordingly, the maintenance funds requirements for Tier 1 entrepreneur entry clearance application are £3,310. However, maintenance funds requirements for Tier 1 entrepreneur extension and leave to remain applications are £945 for the main applicants.

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa: Tier 1 High Value Migrants

Category Level of Funds
Tier 1 Investor N/A
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent N/A
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Entry Clearance £3,310
Maintenance Funds Requirements for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Extension £945
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Entry Clearance £1,890
Maintenance Funds Requirements for Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Extension £945

3. Tier 2 Skilled Workers

Maintenance Funds Requirements UK Visa

PBS Tier 2 Migrants such as Tier 1 General, Sportsperson, Minister of Religion, Intra Company Transfers (ICT) requires having £945 for maintenance funds, which are covered in paragraphs 4 to 5 of Appendix C to score 10 Points.

Acceptable Bank Statements

If you want to be awarded ten points because you have personal savings of £945, that have been held for a consecutive 90 day period ending no more than 31 days before your application, you must provide one of the following types of specified evidence.

Please note that if you are submitting your documents after the date of your application, they must show that you had the necessary funds for a 90 day period before the date you applied online, not just 90 days before the date you submit your documents. This applies regardless of whether you submit your documents for meeting the UK visa maintenance funds requirements by post or courier, or at a Premium Service Centre, after applying online.

Specified Evidence

Only the following specified documents will be accepted as evidence of UK visa maintenance funds requirements:

  1. Personal bank or building society statements covering a consecutive 90 day period: The most recent statement must be dated no earlier than 31 days before the date of the application.
  2. Building society passbook covering a consecutive 90 day period, ending no more than 31 days before the date of application
  3. A letter from your bank or building society, or a letter from a financial institution regulated by the Financial Services Authority or, for overseas accounts, the home regulator (This is the official regulatory body for the country in which the institution operates, and the funds are located) confirming funds and that they have been held for a consecutive 90 day period, ending no more than 31 days before the date of application

The letter must be dated no more than 31 days before the date of application. All statements must be on the bank’s letterhead/official stationery. Bank Letters showing the balance in your account on a particular day are not acceptable, as these documents do not show that you hold enough funds for the full period needed.

4. Tier 4 Student

Maintenance Funds Requirements UK Visa

Tier 4 (General) Students require to score 10 Points for maintenance funds, which are covered in paragraphs 10 to 11 of Appendix C, whereas Notes to Tier 4 maintenance funds are elucidated in paragraphs 12 to 13D. The maintenance funds requirements for Tier 4 student for studying in London is £1,265 for a maximum of 9 months per year. However, the maintenance funds requirements for studying outside London is £1,015.

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa - Tier 4 Student

Criteria Points
If studying in London
The applicant is (or will be) studying at a residential Independent School: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay boarding fees (being course fees plus board/lodging fees) for an academic year. 10
The applicant is applying for leave to remain as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised Foundation Programme or as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer: funds of £1,265 are available to the applicant for each month remaining of the course up to a maximum of two months. 10
The applicant is applying for leave to remain on the doctorate extension scheme: two months of funds, a total of £2,530, are available to the applicant. 10
In all other circumstances: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay the full course fees for an academic year, or for the entire course if it is less than a year, plus £1,265 for each month of the course up to a maximum of nine months. 10
If studying outside London
The applicant is (or will be) studying at a residential Independent School: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay boarding fees (being course fees plus board/lodging fees) for an academic year 10
The applicant is applying for leave to remain as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised Foundation Programme or as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer: funds of £1,015 are available to the applicant for each month remaining of the course, up to a maximum of two months 10
The applicant is applying for leave to remain on the doctorate extension scheme: two months of funds (£2,030) 10
In all other circumstances: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay the full course fees for an academic year, or for the entire course if it is less than a year, plus £1,015 for each month of the course up to a maximum of nine months 10

5. Tier 4 Child Student

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa

Tier 4 (Child) Students require to score 10 Points for maintenance funds, which are covered in paragraphs 15 to 16 of Appendix C; whereas, Notes to Tier 4 maintenance funds are elucidated in paragraphs 17 to 21C.

  • Foster Carer or Relative has funds equivalent to at least £570 per month
  • £1,560 per month for child and parent
  • £625 per month for each additional child

Tier 4 (Child) Student 16 or 17 years age- living independently and studying at a non-residential Independent School needs to have £1,265 for each month if studying in London. However, £1,015 for each month if studying outside London.

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa - Tier 4 Child Student

Criterion Points Awarded
Child Studying at Residential Independent School
The child is (or will be) studying at a residential Independent School: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay boarding fees (being course fees plus board/lodging fees) for an academic year. 10
Child Studying at Non-Residential Independent School – Private Foster Care Arrangements
The child is (or will be) studying at a non-residential Independent School and is in a private foster care arrangement or staying with and cared for by a close relative: 10
(a) sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay school fees for an academic year
(b) the foster carer or relative (who must meet the requirements specified in paragraph 19 of this Appendix) has undertaken to maintain and accommodate the child for the duration of the course; and
(c) the foster carer or relative has funds equivalent to at least £570 per month, for up to a maximum of nine months, to support the child whilst in the United Kingdom
Child Studying at Non-Residential Independent School – Accompanied by a Parent
The child is (or will be) studying at a non-residential Independent School, and is (or will be) accompanied by a parent who is on the Parent of a Tier 4 (Child) Student route, sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay school fees for an academic year, plus: 10
(a) if no other children are accompanying the applicant and the parent, £1,560 per month of stay up to a maximum of nine months; or
(b) if other children are accompanying the applicant and the parent, £1,560 per month, plus £625 per month for each additional child, up to a maximum of nine months.
16 or 17 Years Old Child – Living Independently
The child is aged 16 or 17 years old and is living independently and studying at a non-residential Independent School in London: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay the full course fees for an academic year, or for the entire course if it is less than a year,plus £1,265 for each month of the course up to a maximum of nine months. 10
The child is aged 16 or 17 years old, is living independently and studying at a non-residential Independent School outside London: sufficient funds are available to the applicant to pay the full course fees for an academic year, or for the entire course if it is less than a year, plus £1,015 for each month of the course up to a maximum of nine months. 10

6. Tier 5 Temporary Workers

Maintenance Funds Requirements for UK Visa

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) Temporary Migrants requires £1,890 to score 10 Points for maintenance funds, which are covered in paragraphs 6 to 7 of Appendix C. However, Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrants requires £945 to score 10 Points for maintenance funds, which are covered in paragraphs 8 to 9 of Appendix C.

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