Partners applying for entry clearance under Appendix FM: application procedure
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin & Miller LLP
Partners applying for entry clearance under Appendix FM: application procedure

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin & Miller LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Partners applying for entry clearance under Appendix FM: application procedure
  • Timing considerations
  • GOV.UK information pages on family applications
  • Entry clearance applications
  • Duration and conditions of leave
  • Advice on grant
  • Getting married or entering into a civil partnership in the UK
  • Challenging refusals

This Practice Note outlines the key procedural requirements for an application for entry clearance as the fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner under the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM. The rules relating to applications by the children of those applying for entry clearance in this category are contained in Appendix FM, Family life as a child of a parent with limited leave as a partner or parent. Those rules and the relevant application procedures are considered in the Children topic in Lexis®PSL Immigration.

Timing considerations

It is important to take instructions about the applicant’s travel plans (and for fiancé(e)s or proposed civil partners, the proposed date of the wedding or civil partnership) as early in the process as possible. This is both to ascertain a suitable application date and to flag up any possible timing issues.

In particular, sufficient time must also be allowed to complete the more time-consuming elements of the preparation of a five-year route partner application, such as:

  1. undertaking and receiving the results of formal English language testing (processing times can vary depending on the administrator of the test and where in the world it is undertaken)

  2. meeting and evidencing the financial requirements, particularly as there are specified minimum time periods for evidence relating to the sponsoring partner’s income or savings

Fiancé(e)s or proposed civil