What is the difference between FLR(M) and FLR(FP)?
FLR(M) and FLR(FP) are types of applications that you can make to stay in the UK. But what’s the difference between them?
FLR(M): An Overview
FLR(M) stands for ‘Further Leave to Remain (Marriage).’ This application is for people who are already in the UK and are either married or in a civil partnership with someone who is settled in the UK. Being ‘settled’ means they’re a UK citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.
If you want to stay in the UK with your partner, you might need to apply for FLR(M). You can also apply if you’re on a fiancé visa and you have married or entered a civil partnership.
FLR (M) is granted for 2.5 years. You can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) once you have completed 5 years leave altogether in the same category.
FLR(FP): An Overview
FLR(FP) stands for ‘Further Leave to Remain (Family and Private Life).’ This is for people who want to extend their stay in the UK based on private or family life. It’s not just for partners. It can also be for parents with a child who’s a UK citizen or someone settled in the UK. It can also be used to switch from another visa category.
FLR(FP) can also be for people who have lived in the UK for many years. They can apply if leaving the UK would cause them significant problems.
An example of an FLR (FP) application might be where you do not meet the FLR (M) requirements but qualify under an exception under Appendix FM. You do not have valid leave to be in the UK but you have a British spouse or partner and also have a young child together. Leaving the UK would cause a significant problem because it would be unfair for the child to leave the UK for you to remain together as a family.
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The Difference Between FLR(M) and FLR(FP)
The main difference between FLR(M) and FLR(FP) is the reason for staying in the UK.
FLR(M) is specifically for partners of UK citizens or people who have indefinite leave to remain. FLR(FP), on the other hand, is for a broader range of people. It can be for partners, but also for parents and long-term UK residents.
Both applications will need you to provide a lot of information. You’ll need to show things like proof of your relationship and your finances.
In general terms, the FLR (FP) route requires 10 years residence in that category before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). It may be possible to switch into the FLR (M) route should you meet the requirements later. The clock on the 5 year route would start again so you would have to complete 5 years residence under FLR (M). We can look at your unique circumstances and advise on the best immigration route for you.
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What is the difference between FLRM and FLR FP?
The main difference is that FLRM is for people who are applying under the marriage route, so partners, dependent children and FLR FP is for people who are applying under the family and private life route.
What is a FLR M visa?
The FLR M visa allows you to extend your stay in the UK as the partner or dependent child of someone who is settled in the UK or who is a refugee or under humanitarian protection.
What is the FLR FP category?
The FLR FP category is used to extend your stay on family or private life grounds, but only in certain circumstances. As such, this is used mainly for applications based on human rights grounds.
What are the different types of FLR visas?
There are many different types of FLR visas.
Can you switch from FLR FP to FLR M?
Yes, you can switch from FLR FP to FLR M. but you must meet the FLR M criteria. Any leave under FLR FP does not count. The 5 years residence under FLR M starts again when you have switched.