Tier 1 (General)
This page explains how your partner can apply to stay in or come to the United Kingdom if you are applying under the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) of the points-based system to work in the United Kingdom.
To be given permission to enter or stay, a partner must meet the conditions set out in the immigration rules at paragraph 319C of part 8, which you can find on the right side of this page. You must read the policy guidance before you apply under this category. You can download the guidance and application form from the Applying section.
The conditions partners must meet to get permission to stay
If the application succeeds, the partner will be given entry clearance, or permission to stay, subject to the following conditions:
- he/she must have no recourse to public funds, which means he/she will be unable to claim most benefits paid by the state; and
- he/she must register with the police, if paragraph 326 of the immigration rules requires him/her to do so.
Additionally, he/she must not work as a doctor in training unless he/she is in the United Kingdom and his/her last grant of entry clearance or leave to remain (permission to stay) was:
- as the spouse, civil partner, unmarried, or same-sex partner of a migrant given permission to stay under parts 3, 5 or 6 of the immigration rules; or
- as the partner of a highly skilled worker (provided that permission was not subject to a condition prohibiting employment as a doctor in training).
Dependants of Tier 1, 2 and 5 migrants of the points-based system - for applications made inside the UK
- Application form for Tier 1, 2 and 5 dependants of points-based systemPDF 468KB opens in a new window
- Policy guidance on dependants of points-based system migrantsPDF 353KB opens in a new window
- Help text for dependants of points-based system Tier 1, 2 and 5 applicantsPDF 357KB opens in a new window
Leave to remain is permission to stay in the UK, either temporarily ('limited leave to remain') or permanently ('indefinite leave to remain').
Public funds are benefits, paid by the UK government, that are related to your income. Claiming public funds when you are not entitled to them is known as 'benefit fraud', and is a criminal offence. For a list of public funds, see the Public funds page.