Partners applying for entry clearance under Appendix FM: eligibility table
Partners applying for entry clearance under Appendix FM: eligibility table

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

  • Partners applying for entry clearance under Appendix FM: eligibility table
  • Eligibility table: five-year route
  • Marriage, civil partnership and unmarried partnership—evidence
  • Sponsors who are present and settled in the UK on the basis of an EU permanent residence right
  • Exceptional circumstances—financial requirement and residual cases
  • Duration and conditions of leave—decision
  • Fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partners: entering into marriage/civil partnership in the UK
  • Compassionate factors

This Practice Note sets out the requirements for an application for entry clearance as the fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner of a settled person. It also covers applications as the partner of someone with leave to remain as a refugee or under the humanitarian protection provisions in the Immigration Rules where the applicant was not part of the sponsoring partner’s family unit prior to their departure from the country (and therefore not eligible to make an application for family reunion under the Immigration Rules, Part 11).

Note that partners of sponsors who are either serving or discharged members of the armed forces may also be eligible to apply under the Immigration Rules, Appendix Armed Forces. All other applications for leave to enter as a partner will now be made under the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM. Entry clearance is mandatory. For applications by dependent children of those applying for limited leave as a partner, see the Children topic.

The relevant provisions for the five-year route to settlement are set out in the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, paras EC-P.1.1‒D-ECP.1.3. Unlike with applications for leave to remain, there is no provision for those applying for entry clearance to rely on the 'exceptions' provisions in Section EX. However, since 10 August 2017, the Immigration Rules have been amended to include ten-year routes