Appendices for Bereaved Partners, Victims of Domestic Abuse, and Stateless Persons 2024

A photo of an immigration lawyer explaining the Appendices for Bereaved Partners, Victims of Domestic Abuse, and Stateless Persons News in January 2024, at the London office of Legal Pathway Solicitors in Ilford.


As of 31 January 2024, the UK Home Office has introduced significant changes to immigration provisions for those who have lost a partner, victims of domestic abuse, and stateless persons. These updates are housed within three new appendices to the Immigration Rules: Appendix Bereaved Partner, Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse, and Appendix Statelessness.

Appendix Bereaved Partner

Remaining in the UK After the Loss of Your Spouse or Partner

The death of a spouse or partner who was a British citizen or held settled status in the UK is an immensely difficult and disorienting experience. Along with grief, you may face uncertainty about your own right to remain in the country. Appendix Bereaved Partner offers a clearer pathway to securing your future in the UK while also ensuring the legal protections of your dependent children.

What does Appendix Bereaved Partner mean for you?

Potential for Indefinite Leave to Remain: If you meet the eligibility criteria, this Appendix can lead to obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Which may be an opportunity for you to have the right to live, work, and access benefits in the UK without immigration restrictions.

Protecting Your Children: Dependent children who were residing in the UK with you and their deceased parent may also have a path to ILR under Appendix Bereaved Partner.

Navigating Complex Requirements: Understanding the specific requirements, timeframes for application, and necessary evidence can be challenging amidst grief.

How Our Immigration Solicitors Can Support You

With qualified solicitors who specialise in immigration and family law; therefore, they are prepared for the distinctive challenges that bereavement can represent. 

Our team can guide you with sensitivity and expertise in:

Assessing Your Eligibility: Carefully review your individual circumstances to determine if Appendix Bereaved Partner provides the route to securing your stay in the UK.

Gathering the Right Evidence: Evidence of your relationship, finances, and other documentation needs to be meticulously compiled to support your application.

Handling the Application Process: Manage the complexities of filing the correct forms and communicating with the Home Office on your behalf.

Representation in Appeals: If needed, provide skilled representation to appeal decisions and advocate for your right to remain in the UK.

Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse

Breaking Free and Finding a Path to Safety in the UK

Domestic abuse transcends borders and knows no nationality. If you have experienced physical, emotional, psychological, or financial abuse at the hands of a partner or family member based in the UK, Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse could be your route to escaping the violence and rebuilding your life. Critically, this extends to harrowing situations where the abuse included being abandoned overseas, leaving you feeling isolated and helpless.

What You Need to Know About Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse

You Are Not Alone: This Appendix recognises the far-reaching and devastating nature of domestic abuse. The UK government understands how abusers can use immigration status as a tool of control.

Potential for Leave to Remain: If you qualify, you may be granted leave to remain in the UK, independent of your abuser. This pathway can ultimately lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

Safety and Support: Along with immigration matters, we can help connect you with vital resources for legal protection.

Your Legal Advocates in Times of Crisis

The decision to leave an abusive relationship is extraordinarily brave. Our solicitors specialise in providing trauma-informed and supportive legal guidance.  

We offer:

Confidential Consultations: Share your experiences in a safe, compassionate space where we’ll outline your potential options under Appendix Victim of Domestic Abuse.

Clarity on Evidence: We understand the sensitive and often distressing nature of collecting evidence related to domestic abuse. Preparing you for what may be required.

Immigration Applications and Beyond: We handle the application process while working to connect you with a broader support network to address both your immediate and long-term needs.

You have the right to live free from abuse. Contact us today to learn how we can empower you to reclaim your life.

Appendix Statelessness

A Path to Stability for Those Without a Country to Call Home

Statelessness is a complex and often misunderstood legal status. If you were born without a recognised nationality or have lost your citizenship through no fault of your own, you may be defined as stateless.  Appendix Statelessness provides a dedicated framework within UK immigration law for protecting your rights and offers a potential route to establishing permanent residency.

Understanding Appendix Statelessness

Recognising a Unique Challenge: Statelessness can arise from various situations, including conflicts, state discrimination, or gaps in nationality laws. This Appendix acknowledges the difficulties encountered by those who lack the protection of any government.

Potential Eligibility: To qualify under Appendix Statelessness, you must demonstrate your stateless status and typically prove long-term ties to the UK.

A Complex Legal Landscape: Meeting the criteria for leave to remain or settlement as a stateless person can be challenging. The guidance of experienced immigration solicitors is crucial.

We Advocate for the Rights of the Stateless

Our team is well-versed in the nuances of statelessness cases and is committed to helping you navigate this process. We offer:

Determining Your Status: We will thoroughly examine the circumstances that have led to you being stateless and assess your potential eligibility under Appendix Statelessness.

Compiling Compelling Evidence: Demonstrating statelessness often requires extensive and meticulous gathering of documentation. We’ll help you understand what’s needed and work to locate relevant records.

Managing Your Application: To carefully prepare your application, advocating for your right to build a safe and stable life in the UK.

Representation and Appeals: If unforeseen complexities arise, we’re prepared to fight for your case throughout the process, including at appeals tribunals if necessary.

You deserve a place to call home. Contact us for a consultation to discuss how Appendix Statelessness may apply to your situation.

What These Changes Mean For You

If you are a bereaved partner, a victim of domestic abuse, a stateless person, or are supporting someone in those circumstances, these updates could have a profound impact on your immigration options. These new provisions demonstrate a shift towards recognising the specific needs and challenges faced by these groups.

How Legal Pathway Solicitors Can Help

Navigating UK immigration law can be daunting, especially under emotionally difficult circumstances. Our experienced immigration solicitors are here to provide clarity and expert guidance as you consider your next steps. We understand the nuances of these new appendices and can help you apply them with confidence.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss how these changes may affect you.

Legal Pathway Solicitors

Ilford, Greater London