FLR M (Further Leave to Remain – Family life i.e. spouse, partner or child FLR M)

The FLR M (Further Leave to Remain – Family Life) application is essential for individuals seeking an extension of their stay in the UK based on their family life and relationship. This application is applicable to individuals who have a relationship with a British citizen, a person with indefinite leave to remain, or someone with refugee status or humanitarian protection. 

Categories and Duration

FLR M stands for Further Leave to Remain and offers a 30-month extension to stay in the UK under various family-related categories. These categories include spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, same-sex partners, parents, and children. 

Specific Eligibility Criteria

If you are already in the UK, you may extend your visa in specific categories. These include a spouse visa. You can also switch from another category due to a change in circumstances. The FLR M is the appropriate choice.

Detailed Eligibility: Unmarried Partners and Fiancé(e)s

One of the categories covered by the FLR M is unmarried partners. To be eligible, you must provide evidence of living together for at least two years. Your relationship must be similar to a marriage or civil partnership. You can also apply using the FLR M as a fiancé(e). This applies if you entered the UK to get married or enter a civil partnership but have not done so yet.

It is important to note that the FLR M should not be used when applying for settlement in the UK. 

Application Requirements: Financial and English Language

To qualify for the FLR M, both you and your partner or relative must be over 18 years old, and they must have the required immigration status as either a British citizen, indefinite leave to remain in the UK, or refugee status or humanitarian protection. If you have dependent children under 18, they can be included in your application using the FLR M. However, dependent children who are 18 or older cannot apply unless they were initially granted leave in this category while they were under 18. 

Completing Your FLR M Application

When completing the FLR M, you must meet two specific requirements: the financial requirement and the English language requirement. The financial requirement involves meeting a minimum income threshold, which varies based on your circumstances. The English language requirement generally applies unless you are a national of a majority English-speaking country. 

Important Considerations

To ensure a valid application using the FLR M, make sure you are using the correct and up-to-date version of application, have paid the correct fee, and have provided all the necessary personal details, including those of any dependent children. You will also need to provide information about your sponsor, who can be your spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, or same-sex partner. Furthermore, you must demonstrate your ability to meet the financial and English language requirements. 


Submitting an incomplete or incorrect FLR M application may delay or result in refusal, impacting your lawful status if your visa expires.

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