How to apply for an ILR based on domestic Violence
What is Domestic violence?
The Home Office defines domestic violence as ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling,
coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or
have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’. Some types of
domestic violence are listed below:
To make a successful application for ILR Based On Domestic Violence route applicants must make sure they meet the below mentioned criteria:
- Applicants must apply online using SET (DV) application form and make a valid application.
- Applicants must be physically present in the UK.
- Applicants must meet the suitability and eligibility criteria for this immigration route.
Eligibility criteria set out in Appendix FM:
- The applicant must be in the UK as a spouse or partner of a British national or someone who is
present, settled in the UK with indefinite leave to remain. Applicants on fiancé (e), civil partner,
student route visa or other limited leave status will not be eligible for this route.
The applicant must provide supporting evidence to prove that their and their partner’s relationship
has broken down permanently as a result of domestic abuse.
Below is a non-exclusive list of supporting documents to prove domestic violence mentioned in the
‘Victims of domestic and abuse’ published guidance by the Home Office:
-A final order
-A letter from an organisation supporting victims of domestic violence
-Medical report from a medical professional
-Letter from the relevant authorities (social services/ welfare officers)
-Documentation provide your domestic violence accounts (letters/ personal statements/witness
statements/ photos/ recordings/ texts)
The applicant’s character must not be conducive to the public good and their behaviour must not
relate to criminality or bad character.
Application fees and fee waivers
The current application fee for Indefinite Leave to Remain under Domestic Violence route using SET
(DV) application form is £2,389 per applicant.
If an applicant is financially unstable and unable to pay for their application, they can submit their
application without paying the set application fee if they are ‘destitute’ according to the Home
The Home Office provides clear guidance on who is classified as ‘destitute’:
- Where applicants do not have enough money to support themselves
- Where applicants cannot meet their essential living needs
- Where applicants do not have adequate accommodation
- Applicants with very low income
The applicant must provide supporting evidence in the form of bank statements, utility bills, tenancy
agreements, pay slips, local authority letters confirming financial support and other relevant
documentation to prove that they have no means to pay the specified fee.
You can find help on https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
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