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Hi all, I'm currently on my spouse visa, which is up for extension in July 2016.

My partner and I currently live and work in London. As events would have it, my mother in law in South Africa has been diagnosed with cancer and my partner now needs to go back to SA for a while to look after her. We do not know how long my mother in law has.

My partner will be going back to SA in August 2015. She will come back to London periodically, but she will be working in SA during the time that she is there. The plan is for me to join her in SA after I have renewed by spouse visa, but we will eventually return and settle in the UK.

I am able to meet the financial requirements on my own as I am working. However, will there be an issue with my extension application if my partner is not living and working in the UK when I make this extension application? Would the situation (my mother in law's illness) be considered an extenuating factor?

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Provided you can supply the required proofs of evidence about cohabitation (joint lease, bank account, other bills etc), it shouldn't be an issue. Also if you make a premium centre application, your UK partner is expected to go with you so a letter of explanation is needed if she can't. Perhaps some evidence of her mother's illness may be a help. But generally, they do take into account compassionate reasons.
 
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