Victims of Domestic Violence

Apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK if you are a victim of domestic violence. Learn how MRG Solicitors can help.

All too often, those who arrive in the UK on a spouse visa are unaware of their family law rights and immigration options if they want to end their marriage because of domestic violence. Most end up suffering in silence, believing that they have no choice but to stay in the UK and have an unhappy marriage or separate and leave the country.

At MRG Solicitors, we understand the hardships you are going through and can help you understand your immigration rights if you decide to end your relationship as a victim of domestic violence.

What Domestic Violence Entails

Domestic violence can include the following:

Physical or sexual abuse – You have the right to say no to sexual contact whether you are married or involved in an intimate relationship with another individual in the UK.

Psychological abuse – This can include mockery of your lack of English language skills or your cultural/religious beliefs.

Coercive behaviour – This can include controlling behaviour such as preventing you from leaving home without permission, controlling what you wear, and even who you speak with on the phone and in public.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

As a victim of domestic abuse in the UK (whether you are married, in a same-sex relationship, or unmarried), you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. This is possible if your relationship has broken down and you can prove evidence of the alleged abuse.

Who can apply?

Anyone living in the UK as a civil/unmarried partner or the spouse of a British citizen in the UK whose relationship has run its course can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. However, this can only be the case provided you can provide evidence that proves your relationship broke down because of a domestic violence issue. If you can do this, you can settle in the UK without your abusive partner.

MRG Solicitors have aided several victims of domestic violence find peace and independent life in the UK. We can help you gather evidence and submit your application for you. Get in touch with us today!

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