As Immigration Laws are evolving, the requirements to bring family members to the UK will continue to change and the specified evidence to meet the strict policies are also changing.
In short, a UK partner visa enables your husband, wife, or civil partner to apply for leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK on the basis that they are married to a person who is present and settled in the UK. The term is being used both in Immigration Laws and European Laws. A person can hold ILR, Permanent Residency, Settled Status or British nationality to be termed as a person "present and settled" in the UK.
In summary, a person who is granted a UK partner visa is able to live in the UK for 30 months and a biometric residency card is issued. Prior to completing the 30 months visa, an extension is then applied and completion of the 5 years or 60 months allows a person to apply for indefinite leave to remain or settled status following the changes. This will allow a person to live here indefinitely and allow them to a route to become a British national. Depending on your circumstances at the time of applying for British Nationality, the applicable British Nationality Law will apply.
Those intending to marry in the UK, so the visa category "fiancé visa" is another useful read and further details can be found by clicking here. It is vital to understand the conditions of the visas attached, as this fiancé visa category does not permit employment in the UK unless a switch is made to the correct visa route.
Those not considering the marriage route should be able to consider the criteria of the un-married partner route, which considers that a couple living together 2 years continuously prior to the date of application are able to apply under the Partner route. The grant of leave to enter or remain is similar.
In reference to children, those who are under the ages of 18 years and the sponsoring parents are here in the UK, would be entitled to apply for the visa to join them or if the sponsoring parents are applying to settle, an application for a child could also be applied for in the UK.
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