FLR UK Further Leave To Remain: Simple Guide

FLR UK Further Leave To Remain

FLR UK Further Leave To Remain is the type of visa that permits international individuals already residing overseas to extend their stay. This extension would be due to family connections, jobs, and studies.  Moreover, the FLR visa is categorized in multiple circumstances, including work scheme, private life, and married life. 

In addition, the application process for FLR involves meeting eligibility criteria, maintaining minimum financial stability, and obtaining the required documents. Rules and procedures for this application might be tricky, so getting legal advice helps the applicants. 

Types Of FLR 

There are two types of FLR:

  • FLR (M)
  • FLR (FP)

FLR (M)

M (FLR) is used for spouses or civil partners who want to extend their stay in the UK. The validity of this extension is 30 months, and the following individuals can avail of this option:

According to the home office  requirements, the individuals of FLR (M) are given below:

  • Identity proof
  • Duration of your stay 
  • Genuine relationship  
  • Financial requirements 
  • English requirements 
  • Accommodation requirements

FLR (FP)

For people who do not meet the requirements of FLR M but still want to extend their stay in the UK then FLR (FP) is for such types of individuals. There are some conditions to qualify for FLR FP for under private life:

  • Seven years of continuous legal residence is mandatory for a child under 18.
  • If an applicant is between 18 and 24 years old, it is compulsory that you have previously spent half of your life in the UK.
  • Over 18 must have 20 years of continuous legal residence in the UK. 

If you can convince the home office with your strong FLR (FP), you will be permitted to prolong your stay in the UK for up to 2.5 years. After being granted this leave to remain, you will get the right to study and work. Moreover, it is a gateway that brings the applicant towards ILR. 

Requirements Of FLR UK

There are different requirements of the FLR:

  • General requirements 
  • Marriage based FLR
  • Private life or family-based FLR
  • Other requirements 

General requirements 

The general requirements of FLR are given below:

  • A valid passport and another valid identity.
  • Provide evidence of limited leave to remain of the current status of your visa.
  • Before the expiry, the current visa applies for the extension.
  • Follow the UK immigration rules to make your procedure easy. 

Marriage based FLR

Marriage-based requirements of FLR are given below:

  • Provide legal marriage documents.
  • Mary financial requirements threshold.
  • Proof of your accommodation.
  • According to the spouse visa English requirements.

Private life or family-based FLR

Private life or family-based FLR requirements are given below:

  • Evidence of genuine relationships.
  • Result of life in the UK test.
  • Mention the duration of your stay in the UK in your application. 

Other requirements

Other requirements of FLR are given below:

  • Get guidelines from the home office for legal advice. 
  • Application and IHS fees must be paid. 

Document Required For FLR

The application process of FLR requires preparation of supporting documents to increase the chances of approval: 

  • Applicants need to provide a valid traveling document or current passport. 
  • BRP to show your current visa status.
  • If you are applying based on a relationship, you must provide a valid and genuine relationship or marriage certificate. 
  • If the applicant is married and has kids, provide their birth certificates.
  • For financial evidence, provide the bank statement of the last six months. 
  • Provide pay slips that show your earnings. 
  • Also, the applicant is required to pass the Life in the UK test.
  • Seventy points in the English test. 
  • Claim of residence, for example, water and gas bills.
  • Personal details about yourself and your family.
  • An employment letter confirming your roles, salary, and job duration. 
  • Details of your precious immigration.
  • Proof of paid application fee for FLR.
  • Health certificates and medical test results like TB tests. 

Application Process Of FLR

The application process for FLR consists of the following steps:

  • First, applicants need to ensure the correct category of the FLR, depending on the purpose of their stay.
  • Applicants must provide various documents, including study letters, employment letters, relationship proof, current visa, passport, and financial statements. 
  • From the official government UK website, get the application form and fill it out with accurate information. Fill in all the blocks given to the applicants because errors can lead to rejection. 
  • The amount of fee associated with the extension is required to pay. Before that, check the accurate fee amount, then pay; also, you need to pay IHS. 
  • A biometric appointment is mandatory because fingerprints and photos are used further for BRP.
  • After performing all the steps, now submit your application. Provide the file of all necessary documents and submit it with the application.
  • Now, wait for the decision; the processing time has not been confirmed. It varies, so regularly check your application status online.  

Reasons For Rejection Of FLR Visa UK

The majority of FLR applications were approved, but some made the following mistakes and were rejected:

  • Missing information and errors in applications leads the applicants towards rejection.
  • Supporting documents make your application strong, so if you fail to provide these documents, you face rejection.
  • First, read the eligibility criteria to ensure you can apply for the extension because applicants who apply need to meet the criteria face rejection.
  • Having criminal convictions.
  • Need help to meet financial requirements.

Conclusion

To summarize, FLR is a critical visa for individuals who want to extend their stay in the UK for further studies, to continue their jobs, for asylum protection, and for family purposes. The extension process is quite complex, but providing supporting documents, error-free application, and meeting financial requirements and eligibility criteria helps you get positive outcomes. Moreover, before applying for FLR, applicants need to check the type of FLR category. Because applying to the wrong category of FLR leads to rejection. Overall, the visa extension provides safety and stability for individuals who want to continue their stay in the UK with security. 

(FAQs)

What is the difference between further leave to remain and ILR?

The FLR is a visa extension type that permits the applicants to extend their stay for up to 2.5 or three years. At the same time, the ILR allows individuals to stay in the UK permanently without time restrictions. In addition, ILR holders can apply for citizenship after meeting requirements.  

How long is the FLR  UK visa?

The validity period of FLR is not restricted; it varies depending on the type of visa category and the applicants’ circumstances. Students whose degree is incomplete and need more time can apply for this extension. People who want to continue their jobs and individuals living with families who can not leave their families alone can apply for this extension. 

What is the cost of applying for an FLR visa in the UK?

According to the updated information, the application fee is £1,033 for each applicant. The fee periodically changes, so keep updated on the new immigration policies to get the latest information. In addition, applicants must pay IHS, which is also mandatory, and an application fee. 

Is FLR permanent?

No, FLR provides temporary residency in the UK to those applicants who need to stay in the UK for some conditions like the completion of the degree, family reunion, and work. The validity of FLR is 2.5 to 3 years, after which applicants can go for ILR for a permanent stay. 

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Khurram Amir Qureshi has been an advocate of Pakistan since 2004, a Solicitor of England and Wales since 2009, Solicitor of Ireland since 2015. He has extensive experience in family law, Immigration law, Personal injury cases, and Civil and Commercial litigation gaining over 13 years of continuous practice in England and Wales.

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