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UK spouse visa- Prohibited relationship:

Updated: Jan 25

Most of the family based applications require to meet relationship requirement including spouse visa, unmarried partner visa, Fiance or proposed civil partner visa, when applying for extension of spouse visa or partner visa and other settlement application based on family, this means in the context of UK Immigration law Your marriage and civil partnership must not be in prohibited relationship as defined in the Marriage Acts 1949 to 1986, the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 and 1986, the Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014. 

Definition of prohibited relationship

In context of UK immigration law, any relationship refer as prohibited meaning not recognized lawful if with person who is so closely related by blood, following are the example below. similarly polygamous marriages might be legal in some countries but not lawful in UK, however this might be acceptable depending on individuals circumstances, as well as any non consensual relationship with no full and free consent of both parties is not recognized.

Your relationship falls within the prohibited degrees of relationship if is one of the following your UK spouse visa, unmarried partner visa, UK Fiance or proposed civil partner visa will be refused.


•          adoptive parent

•          child

•          adoptive child

•          former adoptive parent

•          former adoptive child

•          grandparent

•          grandchild

•          parent

•          parent’s sibling (aunt or uncle)

•          sibling (brother or sister)

sibling’s child (nephew or niece

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The information presented in this article is intended solely for providing general knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. It should not be considered as legal advice.

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