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Partners

This section explains how you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of someone who is already here (either permanently or temporarily) or is coming here in a different category. It also explains what you should do if you are settled in the UK and you have ended your relationship with someone who has permission to enter or remain here as your partner.

If you want to visit the UK for a short time to get married or register a civil partnership, or if you are already in the UK with temporary permission to stay and you want to get married or register a civil partnership before you leave, you should read the section on Getting married or registering a civil partnership.

Partners of British citizens and people settled in the UK

If you are in a relationship with a person who is settled here, or is applying to settle here, you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK with a view to settlement as their:

If your application as a husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner is successful, we will grant you permission to come and live here for 27 months, or to remain here for another 2 years if you are already in the UK when you apply. Shortly before the end of this period, you will be able to apply for permission to settle permanently (known as 'indefinite leave to remain') in the UK as their partner.

If your application as a fiance(e) or proposed civil partner is successful, we will grant you permission to enter and live here for six months whle you get married or register your civil partnership. You can then apply to switch into the category of husband, wife or civil partner.

If you are a British citizen or settled in the UK and your partner has permission to enter or remain in one of the above categories, you must tell us if your relationship breaks down permanently before they have been given permission to settle here.

We will not give you permission to enter or remain in the UK in any of these categories if you or your husband, wife or partner will be aged under 21 on the date when you would arrive in the UK or the date when your permission to enter or remain would be given. (If you or your husband, wife or partner is a serving member of HM Forces, the minimum age is 18, not 21.)

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Partners of people who have temporary permission to enter or remain in the UK as a worker or a student

If you want to apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a migrant who has permission or is applying for permission to work here, go to our Working in the UK section. Select your partner's work category and select 'Applications by dependants' or 'Dependants' in the menu on the left side of the page.

If you want to apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a migrant who has permission or is applying for permission to study here, go to our Studying in the UK section.

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