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This Practice Note sets out the requirements for an application for limited leave to remain 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 a person 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).
The Practice Note covers applications under Appendix FM only. For those who already have leave to enter or remain as a spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner under the Immigration Rules, Part 8 and wish to extend that leave, see Practice Note: Partners applying for limited leave under Part 8: eligibility table.
Appendix FM partner applications are split between five and ten-year ‘routes to settlement’. Under either route (other than for fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner) initial entry clearance is granted for 33 months, and limited leave to remain for (broadly) 30 months. If an applicant meets all of the standard requirements at the time of their initial application for entry clearance (or limited leave to
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