You must tell the Home Office when you divorce or separate from your partner if your visa is based on your relationship.
You must then either apply for a new visa or leave the UK.
Your visa is based on your relationship if you have permission to stay in the UK for a limited time as:
- a dependant on your partner’s UK visa
- a spouse or partner on a ‘family of a settled person’ visa
- the partner of a British citizen, EEA national, ‘settled’ person with indefinite leave to remain, or someone with refugee status or humanitarian protection
The same rules apply if your ex-partner’s visa is based on your relationship (ie they’re your dependant or you’re their ‘sponsor’).
How to tell the Home Office
Write a letter to the Home Office to tell them the relationship has ended - include your and your ex-partner’s:
- date of birth
- passport number
- Home Office reference number (you’ll find it on letters sent from the Home Office)
If you or your ex-partner have children in the UK, you must also include:
- their names and dates of birth
- names of their parents or guardians, and who they live with
- how much time they spend with you or your ex-partner
- how much child maintenance or financial help you give each other
- details of any family court cases you’re involved in
Forms you must send with your letter
Include one of these forms with your letter - use the:
- public statement if you don’t want the Home Office to tell your ex-partner any details from your letter
- consent form if you’re happy for the Home Office to tell your ex-partner details from your letter
Both forms give the Home Office permission to contact your ex-partner at the address you give.
Where to send your letter
UK Visas and Immigration
TM Marriage Curtailment Team
PO Box 99