Appendix FM: the suitability requirements and the general grounds for refusal
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin Miller
Appendix FM: the suitability requirements and the general grounds for refusal

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin Miller provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Appendix FM: the suitability requirements and the general grounds for refusal
  • Applications for entry clearance
  • Applications for limited leave to remain
  • Applications for indefinite leave to remain
  • What happens if you cannot meet the suitability requirements?

Appendix FM: the suitability requirements and the general grounds for refusal

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Immigration?

The suitability requirements in Appendix FM mirror, to a certain extent, the general grounds for refusal which are set out in the Immigration Rules, Part 9, paras 320 (for applications for entry clearance or leave to enter) and 322 (for applications for leave to remain). The Immigration Rules, Part 9, para A320 confirms that the majority of the general grounds do not apply to applications made under the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, save for sub-paras 320(3), (10) and (11) (see below). As these provisions all apply only to applications for entry clearance or leave to enter, none of the general grounds apply to applications for leave to remain under Appendix FM.

Note that there are separate grounds for refusal within Part 9 which will continue to apply to persons who have already

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