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Partner, Spouse, Civil Partner UK Visa

You can apply for spouse – Partner – Civil Partner visa on a 5 or 10 year route, (depending on your circumstances) as a spouse, partner, civil partner if you meet all the spouse, partner, civil partner, visa requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. Spouse visa is also known as settlement visa or Appendix FM Partner visa. As a result of an application for entry clearance for spouse visa, the applicant is granted initial leave for a period of 33 months.

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Fiancé visa – Entry Clearance Application

You can apply for fiancé visa UK if you are engaged to be married to a British Citizen or settled person and want to get married in the UK. Fiancé of a British Citizen or settled person can apply for UK visa entry clearance as a fiancé to come to UK for 6 months and get married to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period. Once married to the UK sponsor, the applicant can switch from fiancé visa to spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Proposed Civil Partner Visa

You can apply for a proposed civil partner visa as a proposed civil partner of a British Citizen or settled person to register your civil partnership in the UK. Proposed civil partner of a British Citizen or settled person can apply for UK visa entry clearance as a proposed civil partner to come to UK for 6 months and enter into a Civil Partnership to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period. Once your Civil Partnership is registered, the applicant can then switch from proposed civil partner visa to civil partner visa from inside the UK.

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Unmarried Partner Visa

Unmarried partner visa is for a partner of a UK sponsor who has been living together with their British Citizen – Settled partner for at least 2 years in a relationship akin to (like a) marriage. You can apply for unmarried partner visa to join or stay with your British Citizen - Settled partner if you are an unmarried partner of a relevant qualifying British Citizen – Settled partner. Family members of British Citizens - Settled persons and family members of persons with limited leave to remain in the UK can apply for family visas to stay with their sponsor - family members in the UK.

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Adult Dependent Relative Visa or ILR

The adult dependent relative (ADR) visa route is for relatives and family members in particular parents of British Citizens and settled persons who are in need of long term personal care due to their age, illness and disability and their caring needs can only be met by their family members in the UK. Family members of British Citizens - Settled persons and family members of persons with limited leave to remain in the UK can apply for family visas to stay with their sponsor - family members in the UK

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Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Victim of Domestic Violence

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a victim of domestic violence if you are on spouse - partner visa and your relationship with your British Citizen - settled spouse has broken down irretrievably as a result of incidents of domestic violence. Domestic violence does not have to be directly from the spouse, it could be from any of the family member or extended family member.

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Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Bereaved Partner

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a bereaved partner if your British Citizen - settled partner dies whilst you are in the UK on spouse - partner visa. You can apply for ILR as a bereaved partner any time after your partner’s death. You do not have to wait until your current spouse - partner visa expires. You must be in the UK when you apply for ILR as a bereaved partner. Section BPILR of Appendix FM makes provision for spouses, civil partner, unmarried partners, same sex partners who are bereaved during the probationary period to be granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK, provided that the relationship was subsisting and that they intended to live together permanently in the UK at the time of the sponsor's death.

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Parent of a British Citizen child in the UK

You can apply for a parent of British child visa if you meet all the requirements of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. Parent of a British child visa route is intended for a parent who has responsibility for or access to their child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent. The route is also for applicants who: have sole parental responsibility for their child; or do not live with the child (who lives with a British or settled parent or carer), but they have direct access (in person) to the child, as agreed with the parent or carer with whom the child normally lives, or as ordered by a court in the UK; or (for a leave to remain application) are the parent with whom the child normally lives, rather than the child’s other parent who is British or settled person.

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Children of British Citizen - Settled parents in the UK

The children of British Citizens - Settled persons can apply for UK visa or leave to remain to stay with their parent(s) in the UK. It is easy to qualify for child visa for UK where both parents of the child are lawfully in the UK. In most cases where both parents of the child are not lawfully in the UK and are no longer in relationship with each other, the parent in the UK will have to show sole responsibility for the child to sponsor the child for UK visa.

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Adopted Children of British Citizen - Settled parents

A child who satisfies the criteria of legal adoption or de facto adoption can apply to join their British or Settled adoptive parents in the UK. Children coming to the UK as adopted children or for the purpose of adoption are expected to meet the requirements set out in Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. The legal adoption of a child can include intercountry adoption, domestic adoption and Hague Convention adoption.

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EU Settlement Scheme - EUSS

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) provides a basis, consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union reached on 17 October 2019 and with the citizens’ rights agreements reached with the other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, for resident EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to apply for the UK immigration status which they will require in order to remain in the UK. These agreements now have effect in UK law through the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.

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EUSS Family Permit UK

You may be able to get a family permit to come to the UK if you are the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or a ‘person of Northern Ireland. The family members of some British citizens can also get a family permit. You must be outside the UK to apply for family permit. There are 2 different family permits: the EU Settlement Scheme family permit; the EEA family permit.

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