Domestic violence

Applying for permission to settle here as a victim of domestic violence

If your relationship with a British citizen or a person settled in the UK has broken down as a result of domestic violence, you may be able to apply for permission to settle here permanently.

To be given permission to settle as a victim of domestic violence, you must prove that:

  • you have been given permission to enter or remain in the UK as the husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person settled here (even if that permission is no longer valid);
  • your relationship was existing and genuine (not a ‘marriage of convenience’, for example) when you were last given permission to enter or remain; and
  • you were the victim of domestic violence, and this is what caused the relationship to break down before the end of your permission to enter or remain.