1. 1What's your situation?

    You're the family member or partner of a British citizen

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  2. 2Did your family member or partner settle before they became a British citizen?


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  3. 3How did they settle?

    Some other way

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  4. 4What's your relationship to that person?


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  5. 5What situation are you and your partner in?

    You're still with your partner

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You can apply as the partner of a British citizen or person settled in the UK

You may be eligible for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) if your partner is:

  • a British citizen
  • settled in the UK

Your current UK visa must be based on being their partner - this includes being:

  • their husband or wife
  • their civil partner
  • in a relationship that’s like a marriage or civil partnership

You must prove you’ve been living together since your last visa renewal. You must also intend to continue your relationship after you apply.


If you’ve got a family visa as a partner or spouse on the 5-year route, you must have been living in the UK for 5 years.

If you’re on the 2-year route, you must have been living in the UK on that visa for 2 years.

If you’re on the 10-year route, you must have been living in the UK on that visa for 10 years.

If you’re not sure which route you’re on, check the letter you got from the Home Office when your ‘leave to remain’ was last approved.

Read the guidance about applying after living in the UK for 5 years or 2 years.

Knowledge of language and life

If you’re 18 to 64 years old when you apply you must also:

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.

Proof of finances

If you’re on the 5-year route, you and your partner usually need to prove that you have at least:

  • £18,600 a year if you have no children
  • £22,400 a year if you have 1 child
  • £2,400 a year for each additional child you have

Count all your dependant children under 18, even if you do not add them to your application. Do not count children who are British citizens, European Economic Area (EEA) citizens or settled in the UK.

If you or your partner get certain disability benefits (such as Personal Independence Payment, Carer’s Allowance or Attendance Allowance) you only need to show that you have enough money to house and support you and your children (‘adequate maintenance’).

If you’re on the 2-year route, you only need to prove that you have enough money to house and support you and your children without using public funds.

There’s no minimum amount of money you need to have if you’re on the 10-year route, but you will have to give information about your finances when you apply.

Read the guidance on the financial requirement.

How to apply

You must apply online. 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

If you want to get a decision more quickly you can book an appointment at a premium service centre as part of your application. You’ll usually get a decision on the same day as your appointment.

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

Telephone: 03333 445 675
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Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944

Biometric information

After you submit your application you’ll be asked to provide your fingerprints and a digital photo (called ‘biometric information’).

Any children 6 and over who are applying on your form must also provide biometric information.

Children (dependants)

You can add your children to your application if all of the following are true:

  • they have permission to be in the UK as your dependants
  • they’re living with you and your partner
  • they’re not married, in a civil partnership or living an independent life

Your partner must be their other parent, unless:

  • their other parent is dead
  • you have sole responsibility for their upbringing
  • there are compelling reasons why they should be allowed to stay in the UK

Parent means:

  • a natural (biological) parent
  • an adoptive parent
  • a step-parent where the biological parent has died

Read the guidance on children.

Children 18 and over

You can only include older children in your application if they both:

  • were under 18 when they got permission to be in the UK as your dependant
  • still do not live an independent life - for example, they have not left home, got married or had children

If they turn 18 before you apply, they also need to:

Your child’s application may be refused for other reasons, for example if they’ve broken UK immigration law. Read more about why applications can be refused.


Who you’re applying for Standard Premium service
You £2,389 £2,999
All dependants £2,389 per person £2,999 per person