Partners applying for limited leave to remain under Appendix FM: eligibility tables
Partners applying for limited leave to remain under Appendix FM: eligibility tables

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

  • Partners applying for limited leave to remain under Appendix FM: eligibility tables
  • Limited leave to remain as a partner
  • 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
  • Fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partners—extension applications
  • Eligibility table—ten-year route
  • Ten-year route—Section EX: Exception—para EX.1
  • Ten-year route—Exceptional circumstances—paras GEN.3.1 and GEN.3.2
  • Duration and conditions of leave—decision

Limited leave to remain as a partner

How the category works

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