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Proof of maintenance

New regulations for non-European immigrants and their dependants

26 November 2008. Starting from tomorrow, skilled workers can start applying for tier 2 of the points-based system.

The UK Border Agency has announced that migrants must meet the maintenance requirement or their application will be refused.

Migrants can prove their maintenance either by:

  • showing they have personal savings of £800 which they have had for three months;
  • or having a written confirmation from their A-rated sponsor that the sponsor will maintain and accommodate the migrant until the end of the first month of their work in the United Kingdom.


The UKBA extended the provision to include a migrant’s dependants. Dependants can prove they meet the maintenance requirement either by:

  • showing that they, or the migrant, have held £533 for each dependant for the previous three months;
  • or having written confirmation from the migrant’s A-rated sponsor that the sponsor will maintain and accommodate the migrant’s dependants, if necessary, during their first month in the United Kingdom.

The migrant should attach the letter from their sponsor with their application form.

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