Partners applying for indefinite leave to remain under Appendix FM: eligibility table
Partners applying for indefinite leave to remain under Appendix FM: eligibility table

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

  • Partners applying for indefinite leave to remain under Appendix FM: eligibility table
  • Calculating the relevant period
  • Applicants with any time spent under the Exceptional circumstances ten-year routes
  • Sponsors who are present and settled in the UK on the basis of an EU permanent residence right
  • Character and conduct
  • Decision and further limited leave to remain if the applicant is not eligible for indefinite leave to remain
  • Article 8 ECHR/exceptional circumstances
  • Dependants

This Practice Note sets out the requirements for applications for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) under the Family life as a partner provisions of Appendix FM.

The relevant provisions are set out at the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, paras R-ILRP.1.1‒D-ILRP.1.3, and are summarised in the table below. Note that references to 'partner' include spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner. This table incorporates the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement which is set out in the Immigration Rules, Appendix KoLL. Specified documents will be required to meet the two elements of the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KoLL) requirement.

Further guidance can be found in the Practice Notes:

  1. Appendix FM: the suitability requirements and the general grounds of refusal

  2. Partners: the relationship requirements, and

  3. Adequate accommodation

Further guidance on the financial requirements can be found in Practice Note: Minimum income threshold: an introduction.

The Immigration Rules, Appendix KoLL requirements are discussed in the Practice Note: General requirements for indefinite leave to remain in work, business and investment categories—Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK.

See Practice Note: Partners applying for leave to remain: procedure for details on the relevant application procedure.

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