Family Member or Partner of a British Citizen
The UK offers several routes to settlement for partners and family members of British citizens and settled persons in the UK, under the Spouse or Civil Partner, Unmarried Partner, Adult Dependent Relative, and Child immigration routes.
If applying for indefinite leave to remain as a Spouse, Civil Partner or Unmarried Partner, you will need to have completed 5 years (60 months) in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or settled person. You will also need to satisfy the strict financial requirement under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.
Unless an exemption applies, you will also need to meet the higher English Language requirement that applies to settlement applications and has passed the Life in the UK test.
If applying for indefinite leave to enter or remain as an Adult Dependent Relative or Child, you will need to demonstrate that you will be adequately maintained, accommodated and cared for without recourse to public funds. There is no English language requirement and it is not necessary to pass the Life in the UK test.
Each of the family-related settlement categories also hasits own additional eligibility criteria.