Can you confirm that you married a EEA national and therefore received your residence permit?
I have a civil partnership with a South African citizen on a sponsored work permit to the UK. We have been residenmt since October 2006
I think you are a little confused about the terminology here. As the civil partner (or spouse) you would have applied for a dependent visa when you came here initially. You state that you applied for a residence permit, but this is only available to EEA nationals and their spouses. I assume that what you actually did is to extend your dependent visa.
If this is the case then it is dependent on your partnership continuing. If you were to split up and the UKBA found out about it then they would probably take the decision to curtail your visa and ask for you to leave the country. You would though be able to switch to another visa category if you are eligible to do so.
If the UKBA do not find out about your breakup then your visa will simply continue until it expires.
If you are here under the dependent visa for a period of 5 years then you become eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain so that you could stay permanently here. The difficulty with this is that it would have to be supporting by your civil partner by saying that your civil partnership is subsisting and continuing.
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