Finding your way around Appendix FM
Finding your way around Appendix FM

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Finding your way around Appendix FM
  • The structure of Appendix FM—who is covered?
  • The structure of Appendix FM—navigating your way around the provisions
  • Appendix FM—step by step
  • Step one—the general or ‘threshold’ requirements
  • Step two—the ‘suitability’ requirements
  • Step three—the ‘eligibility’ requirements
  • Step four—the ‘decision’
  • Appendix FM-SE—specified evidence
  • Transitional provisions
  • More...

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?

From 9 July 2012, the Immigration Rules relating to applications for settlement from various family members of settled persons (partners, parents, children of those with limited leave as a partner or parent and dependant relatives) were radically reshaped. The relevant categories were previously found in Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. The new Rules were placed in two appendices: Appendix FM: family members, and its companion Appendix FM-SE: family members—specified evidence. However, transitional arrangements have preserved some provisions of the Immigration Rules, Part 8 in their entirety (eg children of settled parents) and preserved other provisions partially, or in relation to limited groups (most notably those in the UK who have already been granted leave to enter or remain under Part 8). The upshot is that since then, and for a limited time to come, we have had two sets of

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