Partners of work, investment and study migrants

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

  • Partners of work, investment and study migrants
  • Common standard requirements
  • Relationship requirements: relationship
  • Overseas civil partnerships recognised in the UK
  • Recognised marriages and divorces in the UK
  • Relationship requirement: entry clearance and permission to stay: immigration status of main applicant
  • Financial requirement
  • Overseas criminal record certificates—partners of Skilled Workers, Tier 1(Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor) migrants applying for entry clearance
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate condition
  • Suitability and grounds for refusal
  • More...

Partners of work, investment and study migrants

This Practice Note looks at key considerations in relation to applications by dependent partners of persons in work, investment and study categories.

There is provision for dependant family members in the majority of these routes (the main exceptions are the Youth Mobility Scheme, which has no provision for dependants at all, and the Student route, which only provides for dependants in limited circumstances).

Partners in this context means:

  1. spouses

  2. civil partners, and

  3. unmarried partners who have lived with their partner for at least two years in a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership

Prior to their simplification, the Rules covering dependent partners and children in these categories were found in Part 8 of the Immigration Rules (for dependants of relevant Points-Based System migrants and Appendix W workers), or Part 5 (for dependants of persons in other economic categories, in particular UK Ancestry and Representative of an Overseas Business). For the archived version of our Practice Note covering dependent partners of PBS and Appendix W migrants, which covered the relevant law prior to simplification, see the right hand column link.

Since simplification (Students from 5 October 2020, and other categories from 1 December 2020), the provisions covering dependent family members are now found within the Rules for each category. Only the rules covering dependants of Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

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