I am due to renew my visa and my sponsor or I have lost our job – how can we meet the financial requirements of the rules?

Usually employment income must date from the 6 or 12 months immediately before the date of application to be relied on. However, if Covid has affected your or your sponsor’s employment income, the financial requirements now state a temporary loss of employment or self-employment income between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020 will generally be disregarded. Instead, employment income for the period prior to the Coronavirus outbreak can be relied on instead. To rely on this, the financial requirement must have been met for the 6 months up to March 2020. It is not clear however whether this would extend to someone who is now unemployed