UK Immigration Rules | Appendix FM - Partners & Family


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Popular categories of the rules (click below):

Spouses & civil partners

Fiance(e)s and proposed civil partners

Unmarried and same-sex partners


Dependent relatives


Long residence


UK immigration rules, & Appendix FM - Partners & Family

The rules set out the terms and conditions under which a person can apply for leave to enter or leave to remain in the United Kingdom under our domestic immigration rules. 

We have considerable experience in dealing with Partner & Family applications including forms FLR(M), FLR(FP) and SET(M). 

The Home Office (UKVI) makes changes to the immigration rules on a regular basis, and sometimes at very short notice. Good quality legal help and advice can help to avoid unnecessary costs and problems. Some examples of how we can help are:-

  • Advice and guidance on what supporting documents should be submitted (not always clear from looking at the immigration rules and Home Office guidance). Many categories now require 'specified evidence' to be submitted, as detailed in various appendices to the rules (e.g. 'Appendix FM - SE').
  • Out of time (i.e. late) applications.
  • When there has been a material change in your circumstances.
  • When you cannot fully meet the requirements of the rules.
  • Ascertaining whether any alternative courses of action are available.
  • What to do when an application has been refused or rejected.

Listed below are the most common categories of the immigration rules that we deal with; this is not an exhaustive list:- 

Family members and relationships:

(important: the coalition government introduced significant changes to these categories with effect from the 09 July 2012).

Appendix FM - Partners; 5-Year Route & 10-Year Route

Spouses (husbands and wives) and civil partners

Fiance(e)s and proposed civil partners

Unmarried and same-sex partners

Children; including ‘sole responsibility’ cases and ‘persons exercising rights of access to a child resident in the United Kingdom’

Parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives

Family members of relevant points-based system migrants

Victims of domestic violence


Family visitors

General visitors

Child visitors

Medical visitors

Student visitors  


Students under Tier 4 of the points-based system

Short-term students

Post-Study Workers under Tier 1 of the points-based system (note; this category is now closed to new applicants)

Prospective students

Employment (Points-Based):

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrants

Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) migrants (note; this category is now closed to new applicants)

Tier 2 (General) Migrants

Tier 2 Inter-Company Transfers [ICT]

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Temporary Migrants

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrants

Other categories:

Long residence; upon completion of 10 years' lawful residence

'Private Life'; upon completion of 20 years' residence

Domestic workers in private households

Persons with United Kingdom ancestry

Dependents of points-based system migrants

HM Forces

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