You cannot stay in the United Kingdom on a spouse visa when you separate or divorce. Tell Home Office if you or your partner have a temporary UK visa and the relationship has ended.
TELL THE HOME OFFICE: You can enter, and live, in the United Kingdom with a spousal visa based on your relationship to your partner.
Having this kind of spousal visa means you would have permission to stay for a limited time in the UK as:
But, if that relationship ends you must inform the Home Office to avoid problems with future visa applications.
Note: You would need leave the United Kingdom or apply for a different visa. The same rules would also apply if your ex-partner has a visa based on your relationship (e.g. you are their sponsor or they are your dependant).
The Home Office needs to keep a track of visas when you separate or divorce. So, you must write a letter to the Home Office to inform them that your relationship has ended.
You would need to include some information and details about yourself and your ex-partner, such as:
You would need to include extra information if either you or your ex-partner have children in the United Kingdom. Tell the Home Office:
You must include either a statement or a consent form with your letter to UK Visas and Immigration. The purpose is to inform UKVI of a relationship breakdown. Send the one that relates to your preference:
UK Visas and Immigration
Marriage Curtailment Team
New Hall Place
Note: No matter which form you use, it will give the Home Office permission to contact your ex-partner at the address you gave to them.
Having a UK visa based on a relationship that has since ended means you must (either):
There may be several ways that you qualify for the different kinds of United Kingdom visas. Check through your options to see if you can:
If you have suffered domestic violence you can read more online to find out if you can apply to settle in the UK. It might apply to your situation as the partner of:
Note: You should not delay telling the Home Office after the relationship breaks down and applying for a new visa. You can also report domestic abuse and get further help from support organisations.
Tell the Home Office You are Separating or Divorcing: UK Visa Rules