Spouse or Civil Partner permits
Where a work permit holder, or exempt person, is engaged in permanent, regular full-time employment ("the primary employment"), his or her spouse or civil partner is, upon application to the Department, automatically entitled to a work permit.
An application for a spouse/civil partner permit is made directly to the Department by the spouse or civil partner of the permit holder (by a prospective employer), costs £60 and is issued for one year at a time.
A spouse/civil partner permit authorises the employment of the person named in it generally, in any capacity, subject to any conditions specific in it. The permit is not connected to a specific employment.
Persons with certain unspent criminal convictions have no entitlement to a spouse/civil partner permit (see further at criminal records).
Page last updated: 2 October 2015