Tell the Home Office
You must usually tell the Home Office when you divorce or separate from your partner if your visa is based on your relationship.
If you have a British National (Overseas) visa you do not need to tell the Home Office when you divorce or separate from your partner. You can apply to extend your visa or live permanently in the UK even if your relationship has ended.
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 visa
Your visa may also be based on your relationship if you have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.
You’ll have to either apply to stay in the UK or leave.
The same rules apply if your ex-partner’s visa is based on your relationship (for example they’re your dependant or you’re their ‘sponsor’).
How to tell the Home Office
Send an email to the Home Office to tell them that the relationship has ended.
The email must include both you 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 attach to your email
Print and sign one of these forms:
- public statement if you do not want the Home Office to tell your ex-partner any details from your email
- consent form if you’re happy for the Home Office to tell your ex-partner details from your email
Attach a scan of the signed form to your email.
Both forms give the Home Office permission to contact your ex-partner at the address you give.
Where to send your email
Include ‘MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN’ in the subject line.
If you cannot send an email
If you do not have access to email, you can post a letter with your signed form.
UK Visas and Immigration
Status Review Unit
New Hall Place