Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules enables Non-European nationals to apply for entry clearance or leave to remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of their relationship as a ‘Partner’ of a British citizen or someone with settled status in the UK. As specialist Immigration and Human Rights Solicitors, we can help you to make all applications under this category. In recent years we have gained particularly extensive experience and a wide client base in relation to Civil Partnerships.
You are considered to be a “partner” if you are a spouse, civil partner, or un-married partner of that person. If you are unmarried, you must have been living together in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least two years prior to the date of application.
There are specific requirements which must be met in order for your leave to enter or to remain, to be granted. The requirements concern namely:
- Your suitability
- Your relationship with your partner
- Your partner’s earnings
- The adequacy of your accommodation in the UK
- Your English language skills; and
- Your knowledge of life in the UK (for settlement only)
For those who are already living in the United Kingdom but are unable to meet some or all of the above requirements, there is provision within the rules for you to make an application for leave to remain providing that you are able to show “insurmountable obstacles to family life” if you were made to separate from your partner or from a child with whom you have a parental relationship.
You will need to provide specific, accurate and original evidence to prove that you meet the above requirements. In addition, if you are applying as an unmarried partner you will also be required to provide supporting documentation to prove that you have been cohabiting and that your relationship has been genuine and subsisting for a period of at least 2 years.
Danielle and her team of Immigration Lawyers in London can help to make the process as straightforward as possible and ensure that you provide accurate and comprehensive evidence in support of your application. If you would like Danielle and her team to assist with your application, or you have a general query please do not hesitate to call us on 020 7267 4133.