ArticleAppendix Bereaved Partner introduced in UK Immigration Policy

The UK Home Office is set to implement a significant reform in its immigration system with the introduction of the new Appendix Bereaved Partner, effective from 31 January 2024. This new appendix replaces the current provisions for bereaved partners and their dependent children found in Part 8, Appendix FM, and Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules.

What are the key features of the Appendix Bereaved Partner?
  1. Expanded support for families with dependent children: The new Appendix Bereaved Partner will encompass provisions for the dependent children of bereaved partners. This change is designed to offer comprehensive support to entire family units grappling with the loss of a loved one, acknowledging the impact of bereavement on families.
  2. Unified application of refusal criteria: The appendix aligns with the broader immigration framework by applying the general grounds for refusal, as outlined in Part 9 of the Immigration Rules. This standardization is part of an effort to maintain consistency and fairness across various immigration routes.
  3. Exemptions for Gurkhas and Hong Kong veterans: Notably, the Appendix Bereaved Partner will not include provisions for the bereaved partners of Gurkhas or Hong Kong Veterans who were discharged before 1 July 1997. These specific cases will continue to be addressed under Appendix Gurkhas and Hong Kong military unit veterans discharged before the said date.

For those who may be affected by these changes, it is crucial to understand the implications and prepare accordingly. The new appendix not only simplifies the legal framework but also reflects the UK government’s sensitivity towards the challenges faced by bereaved families seeking to remain in the UK.

As we approach the implementation of Appendix Bereaved Partner, it is essential for legal professionals and affected families to familiarise themselves with these updates. This change is a reminder of the evolving nature of immigration policies and the importance of staying informed in an ever-changing legal landscape.