You can apply for ILR as a bereaved partner if your British citizen / settled partner dies whilst you are in the UK on spouse / partner visa. You can apply for ILR as a bereaved partner any time after your partner’s death. You do not have to wait until your current spouse / partner visa expires. You must be in the UK when you apply for ILR as a bereaved partner.
Section BPILR of Appendix FM makes provision for spouses, civil partner, unmarried partners, same sex partners who are bereaved during the probationary period to be granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK, provided that the relationship was subsisting and that they intended to live together permanently in the UK at the time of the sponsor’s death.
Our expert team of ILR solicitors in London, specialise in ILR applications as a bereaved partner. Our highly experienced ILR solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your ILR application as a bereaved partner. Ask a question to our ILR solicitors for free immigration advice or book an appointment for detailed legal advice concerning your ILR application as a bereaved partner.
To qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a bereaved partner, you should meet the following eligibility requirements:
You do not need to pass the Life in the UK Test or prove your English language skills.
A ‘partner’ is one of the following:
- your spouse (husband or wife).
- your civil partner.
- someone you were living with in a relationship that’s like a marriage or civil partnership.
You can apply for ILR as a bereaved partner any time after your partner’s death but before your current spouse or partner visa expires. You can apply for ILR soon after the death of your partner and do not have to wait until your current partner visa expires. You must be in the UK when you apply.
To apply for ILR as a bereaved partner, you may have to provide the following documents inter-alia:
You need documents to show that you lived with your partner until they died, starting from when you got permission to be in the UK as their partner. You should provide 6 official documents addressed to both of you, or each of you individually, at the same address. The documents to prove living together can include as many different types of documents as you can, for example:
As one of the expert immigration solicitors based in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your ILR applications whereby decision on your ILR application as a bereaved partner will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of biometrics at a designated service centre.
Our specialist ILR solicitors can prepare and submit your ILR application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get a decision on your ILR application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your ILR application for months (sometimes years).
Our expert team of ILR solicitors specialise in ILR applications. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for ILR as a bereaved partner, we will carry out all the work on your ILR application until a decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on your ILR application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our expert team of ILR solicitors will include the following:
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