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

The following Immigration practice 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
  • Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, Family Life with a Partner, Section EC-P
  • 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
  • Compelling compassionate factors

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?

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 need to be made under the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM. Entry clearance

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