Family and Private Life Routes

You can only apply on the basis of your private life if you’re already living in the UK.

Family and Private Life Routes

Apply on the basis of your private life

You can only apply on the basis of your private life if you are already living in the UK.

You must be able to prove that you are:

• under 18 and you have lived in the UK continuously for at least 7 years, and it would be unreasonable to expect you to leave the UK
• between 18 and 24 and you have lived continuously in the UK for more than half your life
• 18 or over, have spent less than 20 years in the UK and would have very significant problems living in the country you would have to go to - for example, you do not speak the language and could not learn it
• 25 or over and you have been in the UK continuously for 20 years

Your family members can apply on the same application.

If you cannot pay the application fee - Fill in the fee waiver request form if you:
• do not have a place to live and you cannot afford one
• have a place to live but cannot afford your essential living costs like food or heating
• have a very low income and paying the fee would harm your child’s wellbeing

Appendix FM provides 2 routes to settlement on the basis of family life as a partner or parent. These are a 5-year route and a 10-year route where:
• the 5-year route is for a partner, parent or child who meets all the suitability and eligibility requirements of the Immigration Rules at every stage
• the 10-year route is for:
• a partner, parent or child who meets all family life suitability and certain
• eligibility requirements and EX.1. applies under Appendix FM
• those who meet all private life suitability and relevant eligibility requirements
• under Part 7 paragraph 276ADE(1)
• those who have exceptional circumstances

A private life application cannot be made from outside the UK.

Family life as a partner
This section tells you how to consider applications under the Immigration Rules based on family life as a partner of a person who is one of the following:
• a British citizen
• present and settled in the UK
• in the UK with limited leave as a refugee or granted humanitarian protection
• an EEA citizen in the UK with limited leave
• a worker or business person in the UK with limited leave, Extension of Stay (or under legacy arrangements in respect of the European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA))

The ‘partner’ is defined as one of the following:
• the applicant’s spouse
• the applicant’s civil partner
• the applicant’s fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
• a person who has been living together with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years prior to the date of application (which we expect to be evidenced by documents showing that the couple have been living together at the same address for at least 2 years).

Contact us to discuss your immigration matter by calling us on +44(0)7548856403 or email us on office@arukvisa.co.uk or by completing our Contact Form. One of our advisers will be happy to assist you personally.