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Changes to Appendix FM/FM-SE


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Appendix FM/Appendix FM-SE

English Language Requirements

The applicant who wish to apply for further leave to remain in the UK will be required to satisfy the English language requirements at A2 level. This requirement applies to applicants who completed 30 months in the UK on a 5-year route to settlement either as a partner or a parent. This rule will come into force on 1 May 2017. Please note, for those applicants whose expiry date is before 1 May 2017, the application will be assessed in accordance with the rules in force before 30 April 2017.

False Representations or failure to disclose material fact

Applications made on or after 24 November 2016, the following merits are now considered when assessing the application whether the applicant has made false representations or has failed to disclose any material fact in the past, specifically: “The applicant has made false representations or failed to disclose any material fact in a previous application for entry clearance, leave to enter or remain or a variation of leave, or in a previous human rights claim; or did so to obtain from the SoS or a third party a document in support of his/her application.

Children/minimum income thresholds

The applications in relation to children made on or after 24 November 2016, will only be successful for entry clearance if the parent applies for the leave or already has obtained one. In addition, the minimum income thresholds have been amended in respect to application that include dependent children of the applicant’s parent’s partner as well as the applicant’s parent.

NHS Debt

For applications decided on or after 24 November 2016, the NHS debt has been lowered to £500 from the initial £1000 as a discretionary basis for unsuccessful applications for reasons of suitability.

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