According to paragraph 31 of Appendix Armed Forces, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as the partner of a member of HM Forces will be granted to an applicant who:

  • is in the United Kingdom;
  • is not in breach of immigration laws, except that, where paragraph 39E of Immigration Rules applies, any current period of overstaying will be disregarded;
  • has a partner who:
    • is a foreign or Commonwealth citizen who is a member of HM Forces with at least 5 years’ reckonable service in HM Forces; or
    • has been granted, or is being granted at the same time as the applicant, indefinite leave to enter or remain under paragraph 13 or 16 of Appendix Armed Forces or paragraphs 276E-Q of Immigration Rules; or
    • is a British Citizen;
  • does not fall to be refused on the grounds of suitability under paragraph 8 or 9 of Appendix Armed Forces;
  • meets the general eligibility requirements in paragraph 20 of Appendix Armed Forces;
  • can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and sufficient knowledge about life in the UK in accordance with the requirements of Appendix KoLL to Immigration Rules;
  • meets the financial requirements in Part 12 of Appendix Armed Forces; and
  • has completed a continuous period of 60 months with leave under Appendix Armed Forces as the partner of the same member of HM Forces, excluding any period of entry clearance or limited leave as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner.

General Eligibility Criteria

According to paragraph 20 of the Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules, the general eligibility requirements to be met by the partner (P) of a member of HM Forces are that on the date the application is made:

  • P’s sponsor is a member of HM Forces (as defined in paragraph 2(d) of Appendix Armed Forces) who:
    • is exempt from immigration control; or
    • has leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 13-19 of Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules or paragraphs 276E-QA of the Immigration Rules or under the concession which existed outside these Rules whereby the Secretary of State exercised her discretion to grant leave to enter or remain to a member of HM Forces who has been medically discharged; or
    • is being granted leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 13-19 of Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules or paragraphs 276E-QA of the Immigration Rules at the same time as P; or
    • is a British Citizen;
  • P and P’s sponsor:
    • are both aged 18 or over;
    • must not be within a prohibited degree of relationship;
    • must intend to live together permanently; and
    • must have met in person;
  • the relationship between P and P’s sponsor is genuine and subsisting; and
  • any previous relationship of P or P’s sponsor must have broken down permanently, unless it is a relationship which falls within paragraph 278(i) of the Immigration Rules.

Circumstances In Which An Applicant For ILR May Be Granted Limited Leave To Remain As A Partner Of Member Of HM Forces

According to paragraph 32 of Appendix Armed Forces, Limited leave to remain as the partner (excluding as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner) of a member of HM Forces for a period of 30 months may be granted where the applicant fails to meet the requirements for indefinite leave to remain in paragraph 31:

  • by reason only of failing to satisfy the suitability requirements in paragraph 8 or 9 of Appendix Armed Forces in respect of a grant of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) (but not a grant of limited leave to remain); or
  • by reason only of failing to meet the requirements of paragraph 31(c)(i) or (ii), provided that the applicant’s sponsor has been granted leave to enter or remain under paragraph 15 or 19 of Appendix Armed Forces; or
  • by reason only of failing to meet the requirements of paragraph 31(f).

Limited leave to remain granted under paragraph 32 will be subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds.

Super Priority Service For ILR As A Partner Of Member Of HM Forces

As the expert immigration solicitors based in London & Manchester, 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 application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the submission of the application at a designated service centre.

Our immigration solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your immigration application within 24 hours. You will be accompanied to one of the application centres in London or Manchester by our legal representative who will assist you with the enrolment of your biometrics and submission of your application to get decision on your application in within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For ILR As A Partner Of Member Of HM Forces?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Advising you about the relevant requirements of the Immigration Rules and the Home Office Policy Guidance for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Assessing the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for ILR and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the application form for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your application for ILR explaining in detail how all the requirements of the Home Office Immigration Rules and the Policy Guidance have been satisfied by you for you to be granted ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces;
  • Protecting your interests while your application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress of your application;
  • Doing all the follow up work until decision is reached by the Home Office, UKVI on your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces.

Our Fee For An Application For ILR As A Partner Of Member Of HM Forces

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your application for ILR as a partner of a member of HM Forces through Same Day Visa Service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your application and the casework involved in your application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your ILR application, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and the balance can be paid within a month from the date of initial instructions.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on your ILR application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

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