Further Leave to Remain – Family and Private Life (FLR FP) 

The FLR FP (Further Leave to Remain – Family and Private Life) application is specifically designed for individuals who are living in the UK and wish to extend their stay in the country for family or private life reasons. FLR stands for “Further Leave to Remain,” while the letters ‘F’ and ‘P’ represent family and private life, respectively, under UK immigration law. 

Path to Settlement: FLR FP vs FLR M

The main distinction between FLR FP and other categories, such as FLR M, is the path to settlement. FLR FP petitions are typically on the ten-year path to indefinite leave to remain. They focus on family or private life. These petitions do not prioritize income or savings requirements. However, it is possible to apply as a parent under FLR FP. You can still meet the five-year settlement requirement. Fulfill all FLR M conditions, including income and language requirements.

Duration and Application Frequency

FLR FP and FLR M are initially granted for a period of 2.5 years. To reach the ten-year level, FLR FP applicants must submit four applications. FLR M applicants need only two applications for the five-year mark.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for FLR FP applicants revolve around three distinct categories: family life, private life, and exceptional circumstances.

Family life

If you are eligible as a parent (see below), it is crucial to apply under the parent category. In this case, you must demonstrate that you are the child’s exclusive or joint caregiver and provide evidence of your commitment to your child’s life, including financial capability. Your child must meet specific criteria, such as being a British citizen, settled in the UK, or having lived in the UK continuously for seven years. 

Private life

For applicants under the private life category, you must already be a resident of the UK and demonstrate that you meet certain conditions, such as having lived in the UK continuously for a specified number of years or facing significant difficulties returning to your home country. 

Exceptional Circumstances

In exceptional circumstances, you may be eligible to apply outside the Immigration Rules under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to a private and family life. However, the standard for this route is high, requiring you to demonstrate ‘unjustifiably harsh consequences’ for yourself, your child, or another family member if you are unable to remain in the UK. 

Navigating the FLR FP Application

Navigating the FLR FP application process can be complex, but our experienced team is here to assist you. We understand the intricacies of immigration law and will provide comprehensive support to ensure your application is prepared effectively, maximizing your chances of obtaining Further Leave to Remain in the UK based on family and private life circumstances. 

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