My wife said to UKBA she would support me to stay in this country to have a relationship with my one year old daughter, but not as married couples.Even thou, we are legally married, but we are living apart and she does not yet know if marriage is salvagable or not. I am in two years probabtion period and coming to an end of it. What other options do I have?
248A. The requirements to be met by a person seeking leave to remain in the United Kingdom to exercise access rights to a child resident in the United Kingdom are that:
(i) the applicant is the parent of a child who is resident in the United Kingdom; and
(ii) the parent or carer with whom the child permanently resides is resident in the United Kingdom; and
(iii) the applicant produces evidence that he has access rights to the child in the form of:
(a) a Residence Order or a Contact Order granted by a Court in the United Kingdom; or (b) a certificate issued by a district judge confirming the applicant's intention to maintain contact with the child; or (c) a statement from the child's other parent (or, if contact is supervised, from the supervisor) that the applicant is maintaining contact with the child; and
(a) a Residence Order or a Contact Order granted by a Court in the United Kingdom; or
(b) a certificate issued by a district judge confirming the applicant's intention to maintain contact with the child; or
(c) a statement from the child's other parent (or, if contact is supervised, from the supervisor) that the applicant is maintaining contact with the child; and
(iv) the applicant takes and intends to continue to take an active role in the child's upbringing; and
(v) the child visits or stays with the applicant on a frequent and regular basis and the applicant intends this to continue; and
(vi) the child is under the age of 18; and
(vii) the applicant has limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom as the spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of a person present and settled in the United Kingdom who is the other parent of the child; and
(viii) the applicant has not remained in breach of the immigration laws; and
(ix) there will be adequate accommodation for the applicant and any dependants without recourse to public funds in accommodation which the applicant owns or occupies exclusively; and
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