1What's your situation?You're the family member or partner of a British citizen
2Did your family member or partner settle before they became a British citizen?No
3What's your relationship to that person?Partner
4What situation are you and your partner in?You're the victim of domestic violence
You can apply if you've experienced domestic violence as the partner of a British citizen or person settled in the UK
You may be eligible for settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) if you’ve experienced domestic violence as the partner of a:
- British citizen or person settled in the UK
- member of HM Forces who has served for at least 4 years
Your last visa (or permission) must have been:
- as the partner of a British citizen, a person settled in the UK, or a member of HM Forces who has served for at least 4 years
- given to you so you could get public funds to be able to apply (called the ‘Victim of Domestic Violence Concession’)
You must prove:
- your relationship was genuine and ongoing when you were last given permission as a partner
- you were the victim of domestic violence from your partner, their family, or both, and this is why your relationship has broken down
When your application can be refused
Your application might be refused if, for example, you’ve:
- got a criminal record in the UK or another country
- provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office
- broken UK immigration law
Read the guidance on why applications can be refused.
When to apply
Make your application as soon as possible after your relationship has broken down so that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can deal with evidence while it is recent. Do not wait until your current visa expires.
Concession for victims of domestic violence
You can ask for permission to stay in the UK for 3 months while you apply to settle as a victim of domestic violence. This is called the ‘Victim of Domestic Violence Concession’. You can ask for this concession if:
- you have permission to be in the UK as the partner of a British citizen, a person settled in the UK or a member of HM Forces who has served for at least 4 years
- you do not have enough money to support yourself or pay for somewhere to live - this is known as being ‘destitute’
If you’re given the concession, you’ll be able to apply for financial help from the UK government.
However, if you then decide you no longer want to apply as a victim of domestic violence, you may not be eligible to apply to settle as a partner. Talk to an Immigration Adviser about possible changes to the conditions of your stay.
Apply for the concession by completing the application form and posting or emailing it to the address on the form.
How to apply
You can apply online.
You can apply with form SET(DV) instead. Send it to the address on the form. Check the application form to find out which supporting documents you need to provide.
You cannot apply in person - you must apply online or by post.
Get help using a computer to apply online
You can get help with:
- accessing a computer or the internet
- finding the right information on GOV.UK
You cannot get advice on:
- whether you’re eligible to apply
- what information to put in your application
- an application you’ve already made
After you submit your application you’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and a digital photo (called ‘biometric information’).
Any children aged 6 and over who are applying on your form must also provide biometric information.
Your child can apply for settlement on your application form if your partner is their other parent.
If your partner is not their other parent, they can apply in the following circumstances:
- their other parent is dead
- you have sole responsibility for their upbringing
- there are compelling reasons why they should be allowed to stay
- a natural (biological) parent
- an adoptive parent
- a step-parent where the biological parent has died
Eligibility for children under 18
Your child under 18 must have or have had a valid visa to be in the UK. They must also:
- have been living with you and your partner
- have proof they’ll be supported and accommodated adequately without using public funds
- not be married, in a civil partnership or living an independent life
Read the guidance on children
Your child’s application may be refused for other reasons, for example their previous immigration history. Read more about why applications can be refused.
Eligibility for children 18 and over
Your child 18 or over may be eligible to settle if:
- they have or had permission to be in the UK as your dependant
- you have or had permission to be in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or settled person
They must meet the same eligibility as a dependent child under 18. They may also need to:
Your child 18 or over can apply for settlement on your application form.
|Who’s applying||Apply by post|
|All dependants||£2,389 per person|
How long it takes
You’ll be told whether your application has been successful within 6 months.
You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example:
- if your supporting documents need to be verified
- if you need to attend an interview
- because of your personal circumstances, for example if you have a criminal conviction