Partners applying for limited leave under Part 8: eligibility table
Produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin Miller

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Jo Renshaw of Turpin Miller provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Partners applying for limited leave under Part 8: eligibility table
  • Who can apply under Part 8?
  • Further leave to remain under Part 8 as a fiancé(e)or proposed civil partner
  • General grounds for refusal
  • Validity, forced marriages and polygamy
  • Eligibility table: limited leave to remain under Part 8
  • Unmarried partners and living together
  • Grant of leave
  • Article 8 and best interests of a child considerations
  • Dependants

Partners applying for limited leave under Part 8: eligibility table

IP COMPLETION DAY: The Brexit transition period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020. At this time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), transitional arrangements ended and significant changes began 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?

Who can apply under Part 8?

An application for further limited leave to remain as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner can be made under the Immigration Rules, Part 8 by a person who has or, in certain circumstances, was last granted leave as a partner (including fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner) under Part 8. It is no longer possible to switch into any Part 8 category from another immigration category outside of Part 8 and all new partner applications must be made under the Immigration Rules, Appendix FM, Family life as a partner.

There will, therefore, be relatively few applicants making applications for further limited leave under Part 8. These will likely be confined mainly to those who already have limited leave under the Immigration Rules, Part 8, paras 284‒285 (spouses and civil partners) or the Immigration Rules, Part 8, paras 295D‒295E (unmarried and same-sex partners) but who cannot

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