You can only apply on the basis of your private life if you’re already living in the UK.
You must be able to prove one of the following:
If you do not meet the rules to enter or remain in the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might still be able to apply to extend your stay or switch to a family visa. Read the guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.
Your family members can apply on the same application – you’ll be considered separately.
You must apply online. You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.
Fill in the online fee waiver request form as well if you cannot afford to pay the fee because you:
You’ll need to attend an appointment to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). You’ll be told how to make an appointment when you apply.
You can ask for your passport and other documents to be returned if you’ve provided them with your application but need them urgently.
You might have to cancel your application to get your documents back.
You’ll get a Biometric Residence Permit if your application is successful.
Please note that you cannot work or study if you’re applying for a visa or extending your stay to get married or become civil partners.