I am here writing this post to share with you my personal experience for my FLR (1st journey). First and foremost, I think the key of every success is having a very supportive, patient, understanding partner all throughout the journey. Secondly, a proper research, gathering of information, completion of documents and careful filling out of form.
It should be a team work between the applicant and the sponsor. Don’t forget to download the form FLR (M) Version 11/15 prior to the booking, which gave me ample time to study the contents of the form.
Here is the list of the documents that we had submitted:
Complete FLR(M) form
Marriage Certificate and translate document.
Photos (UK Passport size), 2 for the applicant,1 for the sponsor
2 passports (applicant and sponsor)
Employment Letter of the Sponsor.
Bank Statement (joint correspondence)
Council Tax Bill (joint correspondence)
Mortgage account number (in both our names)
6 months payslips (sponsor and applicant)
P60 (sponsor and applicant)
10 correspondence (sponsor), such as Phone Bills, Water Bill or any kind of post.
7 Correspondence (applicant), letters from GP, Boots, personal letter from family abroad, letter from the Bank.
Birth Certificates (Sponsor and Applicant).
IELTS Test Result or Previous Cambridge Certificate.
We photocopied each of the above documents but we didn’t use those copies actually, take note also that for the correspondence, we only submitted the front page that shows the name and address. They advised us that the BRP card will arrived by post within 7 days. They gave us a 3 pages letter that states, GRANT OF LEAVE TO REMAIN, FIVE YEAR PARTNER ROUTE.
I am writing to inform you that you have been granted a period of 30 months limited leave to remain. Please take note, there is no visa stamp in the passport. The BRP card shows the condition and restrictions for the visa type. So, after a long and successful journey there was something to celebrate about. The BRP card arrived within 7 working days.
More information about FLR (M).
With the new rules you now need to apply for 2 FLR(M) visas before you can qualify for SET(M).
Each FLR(M) is only valid for 2.5 years, but you have to spend 5 years on FLR(M) before SET(M).
So, the visas you need to apply for are:
– Fiance visa, £1,195, valid 6 months. Or apply straight away for spouse visa.
– First FLR(M) visa, currently £811 by post (8-9 months processsing ) or £1,311 in person (same-day processing). Valid 2.5 years (30 months).
– Second FLR(M) visa, currently £811 by post (whatever the processing time is by then – usually it’s been about 3-4 months) or £1,311 in person (same-day processing), but will probably cost more in 2.5 years’ time. Valid 2.5 years (30 months).
– ILR – Indefinite Leave to Remain (form SET(M)) after 5 years (you cannot apply for ILR until you have spent a full 5 years on FLR(M)), current cost £1,875 by post or £3,750 in person, but will probably be more expensive in 5 years’ time. If one or more dependants are applying with you, the fee increases by £1875 for standard applications made by post.
– After you get ILR (SET(M)), you can apply for citizenship if you want to and if you qualify for it (currently about £1,236).
FLR (M) stands for a Further Leave to Remain, in the ‘M’ category, ie based on the Marriage to a settled person, under the Appendix FM. It is used for spouses and partners of British citizens and settled persons but it has to be an application within the Rules. All the requirements must be met, including the Financial Requirement, status in the UK etc.
The outcome is a visa for 2.5 years in the so called “5 year Partner route”, meaning it would take 5 years to qualify for Indefinite Leave (permanent residency).
Good luck to all! Portuguese version.