Premium Service Application for NON-EEA National Family Applications

Effective from 22 February 2017, decision-making on some applications by non-EEA nationals has been paused by the Home Office to enable the consideration of the implications of the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court in the case MM (Lebanon) & others v SSHD[1] [2017] UKSC 10 

The delay on the decision-making affects cases – in particular, under Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules where the application would fall to be refused and where the reasons for refusal would include the applicant’s failure to meet the minimum income threshold for partners and dependent children and/or the associated evidential requirements under Appendix FM-SE. The same situation applies to the applications under Appendix Armed Forces paragraphs 314(i)(a), 314(i)(d), 316A(i)(d) or 316A(i)(e) of Part 8 relating to an adopted child, and the applications under Appendix FM which fall to be refused and a child is involved.

All other applications will continue to be processed and decided as normal.

FAQ’s

Can I still submit a partner or child application under Appendix FM?

Yes, but you should take into account that the Home Office will pause consideration of your application in the circumstances above.

Can I still submit my application in person at a premium service centre?

Yes, but you should take into account that the Home Office will pause consideration of your application in the circumstances above.

What happens if the Home office pauses consideration of my leave to remain application and I want to withdraw it or to get my passport returned because I need to travel?

If you have already applied and now wish to withdraw your application, you may do so. The Home Office will not generally refund your application fee.

If you are seeking the return of your passport to travel outside the Common Travel Area, you may do so but the Home Office will treat your leave to remain application as withdrawn. The Home Office will not generally refund your application fee. 


How long will cases be paused?

We will provide further information as soon as possible.

 

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