This is the cover letter the solicitor put in wit the application
Particular hardship to our client if removed
Our client has spent over 8 years of her life in the United Kingdom. She has not returned to Nigeria since her entry.Our client has integrated herself well within her local community and has built up strong ties with the community having built up many friends here with whom she is close.
Our client fears returning to Nigeria as she and her family have become well settled here and returning at this stage would be detrimental to her and her family. She has no income, no accommodation or anything to return to whereas she has settled and stabilised in the UK. Our client’s father has also passed away since her entry to the United Kingdom who was her only support in her home country. The fact that he is no longer there could result in her facing undue hardship and having no one to resort to."
and backed it up with :
Long Residence - The Relevant Law
The relevant law applicable in this case is Paragraph 276B of the Immigration Rules HC395 (as amended), which state as follows:
(i) (a) he has had at least 10 years continuous lawful residence in the United Kingdom; or
(b) he has had at least 14 years continuous residence in the United Kingdom, excluding any period spent in the United Kingdom following service of notice of liability to removal or notice of a decision to remove by way of directions under paragraphs 8 to 10A, or 12 to 14, of Schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 or section 10 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Act, or of a notice of intention to deport him from the United Kingdom; and
(ii) having regard to the public interest there are no reasons why it would be undesirable for him to be given indefinite leave to remain on the ground of long residence, taking into account his:
(a) age; and
(b) strength of connections in the United Kingdom; and
(c) personal history, including character, conduct, associations and employment record; and
(d) domestic circumstances; and
(e) previous criminal record and the nature of any offence of which the person has been convicted; and
(f) compassionate circumstances; and
(g) any representations received on the person's behalf; and
(iii) the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the English language and sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom, unless he is under the age of 18 or aged 65 or over at the time he makes his application.
And no my partner does not have a leave to remain and he is not a uk citizen