Indefinite leave to remain (settlement) as a bereaved partner

You may be eligible to apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain in the UK) if your partner has died.

Indefinite leave to remain (settlement) as a bereaved partner

You may be eligible to apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain in the UK) if your partner has died.

Your partner must have either:
- been a British citizen
- had indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- been from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and had pre-settled status

Indefinite leave to remain is how you settle in the UK. It is also called ‘settlement’. It gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you are eligible. You can use it to apply for British citizenship.

Your permission to be in the UK must have been based on being their partner as part of a family visa. A ‘partner’ is one of the following:
- your spouse (husband or wife)
- your civil partner
- someone you were living with in a relationship that’s like a marriage or civil partnership

When to apply: You can apply any time after your partner’s death. You do not have to wait until your current visa expires.

You must be in the UK when you apply.

Your permission to be in the UK must be based on your relationship.

Before your partner died, you must have got a family visa as their partner (but not as their fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner).

When your partner died, you must have:
- been living together in the UK
- intended to live together permanently in the UK
- Your partner must not have been living permanently in any another country.

You do not need to take the Life in the UK Test or prove your English language skills.

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.