Family life as a partner
Applications under this route are now covered by Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. A partner is defined as: the applicant’s spouse; the applicant’s civil partner; the applicant’s fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner; or a person who has been living together with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least two years prior to the date of application.
You may qualify for the 5 or 10 year route depending on your circumstances. The 5-year route is for those who meet all of the suitability and eligibility requirements of family life as a partner under Immigration Rules at every stage, and the 10-year route is for those who do not meet certain of the eligibility requirements but where the exception in paragraph EX.1 of Appendix FM applies. Paragraph EX.1 applies if:
(a) (i) the applicant has a genuine and subsisting parental relationship with a child
(aa) is under the age of 18 years or was under the age of 18 years when the applicant was first granted leave on the basis that this paragraph applied;
(bb) is in the UK;
(cc) is a British citizen or has lived continuously in the UK for at least the 7 years immediately preceding the date of application; and
(ii) it would not be reasonable to expect the child to leave the UK; or
(b) the applicant has a genuine and subsisting relationship with partner who is in the UK and is a British citizen, settled in the UK, or in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection; and there are insurmountable obstacles to family life with that partner continuing outside the UK.
Applications based on the 5 year route are submitted using an FLR (M) form; applications under the 10 years route are submitted using an FLR(FP) form.