Unmarried Partner Visa UK

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UK Unmarried Partner Visa: Simplifying entry for unmarried partners.
This visa is for those married to a UK resident, meeting financial criteria. Apply from abroad or, under specific conditions, switch to an unmarried partner visa within the UK.

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Who is eligible for the Unmarried Partner Visa Europe?

UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you an Unmarried Partner Visa:

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to satisfy different requirements so it is strongly advisable to confirm your eligibility in advance of making an application. Call now at 0203 384 4389

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What are the Financial Requirements for an Unmarried Partner Visa?

You will need to meet a financial requirement in order to demonstrate that you can properly maintain yourself in the UK without using public funds.

If your Unmarried Partner (or both of you if you have legal residence in the UK) is applying for an Unmarried Partner visa, you will be required to demonstrate that they have a gross annual income of at least:

The following are ways to meet the financial requirement for the UK Unmarried Partner visa:

When your partner receives certain benefits, there will be different considerations. Call 0203 384 4389 for further assistance.

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Is there an English language requirement?

You may need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.

When you do not need to prove it

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English or take a test if one of the following is true:

You also will not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

How to prove your knowledge of English

You can prove it with an academic qualification, or by taking a test.

Academic qualifications

You can prove your knowledge of English if you have a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English.

If your qualification is from a UK university or college, you only need your degree certificate.

If your qualification is from a university or college outside the UK

You’ll need to provide a certificate from Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) to show that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher and that it was taught in English.

There are 2 kinds of certificate:

You need a statement of comparability if you got your qualification from a university or college in one of these countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

If you got your qualification from a university or college in any other country, you need a visa and nationality statement.

Take an approved English language test

You can prove your knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test.

You must pass at least level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale for your first visa application. You can choose to take a higher-level test.

If you pass level B1 or higher, you can use your test result again when you apply for settlement after 5 years. Your test still needs to be on the approved list of qualifications and your test certificate must not have been withdrawn by the test provider. For detailed information call 0203 384 4389

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How Long Does an Unmarried Partner Visa Take to Process?

UK Visa & Immigration aims to process 95% of applications for UK Partner visas within 12 weeks after they are submitted.

In the event that you are in need of a faster visa processing timeline, most visa centres outside the UK offer settlement priority service. At every stage of the decision-making process, your UK Unmarried Partner visa application will be placed in the front of the queue. It normally takes 30 working days to process a UK Unmarried Partner visa via the Settlement Priority Visa Service.  If the visa application is well-prepared, the process can be sped up.

From within the UK, you will be able to choose between two processing timelines when applying to switch into or extend your Unmarried Partner status. Your in-country application will be decided within 8 weeks if you apply via the Standard Service. In most cases, you will receive a decision on the next working day after providing your biometric information if you apply through the Super Priority Service. Dial 0203 384 4389

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How Long is an Unmarried Partner Visa Valid For?

If you are successful in your application for a UK Unmarried Partner Visa, your visa will initially last for 33 months. 

Once this period comes to an end, and subject to you being able to demonstrate that you still meet all of the requirements and there have been no changes in your circumstances e.g. a breakdown in your relationship, you are required to extend your leave as an Unmarried Partner. 

In the case of an Unmarried Partner applying for leave to remain in the UK, you will be granted 30 months’ leave if your extension application is successful.

In the real world, we understand that things don’t always go to plan.

It’s important to understand that whilst the Unmarried Partner Visa is an immigration pathway to settlement, this is subject to ongoing compliance with the immigration rules.

There are many considerations such as:

is the relationship subsisting and genuine??

has there been any breakdown in relationship?

Have there been any changes in income?

Are there any criminal convictions?

You may apply for indefinite leave to remain if you are married to a British citizen or a settled person for five years and have met the immigration rules along this journey.

UK Immigration Solicitors are experts in this area and our team can ensure that you remain compliant with the rules throughout your immigration journey. For personalised assistance call your immigration lawyer at 0203 384 4389

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Do we both need to be in the UK to apply for an Unmarried Partner Visa?

You need entry clearance before coming to the UK if you want to enter the country because of your relationship with a British national.

You must have a valid visa that is valid for six months at the time you apply if you are applying from inside the United Kingdom.

If you were admitted into the UK as a visitor or prospective student, for example, or if you were initially admitted for a shorter period of time than six months, you cannot switch to an Unmarried Partner visa.

You can apply for an Unmarried Partner visa from overseas or from within the UK.

If you are already in the UK on a work visa, or student visa valid for more than six months, you may be able to switch to an Unmarried Partner visa. Call now at 0203 384 4389

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Is it possible to work on an Unmarried Partner Visa?

As an Unmarried Partner Visa holder, you enjoy the freedom to work or study in the UK to the same degree that any UK settled person enjoys.

There are no restrictions on Unmarried Partners or dependents to work or study in the UK whilst subject to immigration control.

What if we cannot meet the Unmarried Partner Visa Requirements?

It is still possible to apply for a UK Unmarried Partner visa if you are not able to meet certain of the requirements, if you can demonstrate that your relationship would encounter significant difficulties outside the UK.

Can Our Children Join us on the Unmarried Partner Visa?

Any child intending to join the main applicant as part of their visa application is called a dependent.

Children under the age of 18 may enter the UK as your dependents.

They should be applied for at the same time as your Unmarried Partner visa application. Depending on how many dependent children are being sponsored, your sponsoring Unmarried Partner will need to prove income of a specific amount.

To discuss your case with experienced solicitors dial 0203 384 4389

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When Do We Become Eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

When you have lived in the UK as the Unmarried Partner of a British citizen or settled person for five years (60 months), you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

In addition to the requirements listed above, you will need to demonstrate that:

UK Visas and Immigration will consider if you meet the requirements for a further extension of stay as an Unmarried Partner if you apply for indefinite leave to remain as an Unmarried Partner but do not meet the above requirements. Dial 0203 384 4389 for detailed information.

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What If Our Unmarried Partner Visa Entry Clearance or Extension Has Been Refused?

If your application for entry clearance, leave to remain or settlement as an Unmarried Partner has been refused, UK Immigration Solicitor can help you determine whether to submit a fresh application or challenge the decision by appealing to the Immigration Tribunal..

UK Immigration Solicitors offer professional legal advice and representation in all aspects of pursuing UK immigration appeals in addition to preparing high quality visa applications.

We provide immigration appeal representation at hearings before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and higher courts, assist with the preparation of appeal bundles, represent you at immigration appeal hearings before the Upper Tribunal, and advise you on the merits of appealing against Home Office decisions. We draft grounds of appeal and applications to appeal and draft appeal bundles. Call 0203 384 4389

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How Can We Extend Our Unmarried Partner Visa?

In order to extend your stay in the UK after your initial grant of leave as an Unmarried Partner expires, you must apply to UK Visas and Immigration.

As an Unmarried Partner, you must meet the same requirements as you do for initial applications.  However, you will need to make sure that your application meets the requirements for relationships, finances, housing, and immigration status again.  You will also need to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

Our expert team is ready to guide you through all of the requirements to extend your Unmarried Partner Visa and will be able to ensure that you qualify before you apply.

To extend your visa call 0203 384 4389 for a tailored solution.

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What are the fees for a UK unmarried partner visa?

As with most things in life, think accountant, doctor, electrician, it is possible to do it yourself if your suitably qualified and competent. You can complete your own visa application if you feel you have the required understanding of the Home Office rules, requirements and specified evidence thresholds. However, it is not ordinarily recommended if you are not totally comfortable with understanding and satisfying UKVI immigration rules.

If you make an application that is refused, you will lose all fees paid and they cannot be reclaimed irrespective of the outcome of your application, so it is extremely important to ensure that things are done correctly the first time round.

It is therefore highly recommended that you seek expert legal assistance.

The UK Immigration Solicitors team can provide you with expert guidance and support and will handle your entire application for one transparent fixed fee.

If you apply outside the UK in 2022, the fee (cost) will be £1,538. If you apply inside the UK, the fee will be £1,048.

The figure here represents the fee that you will have to pay to the Home Office in order for it to process your application only.

It is important to be aware, however, that making these applications involves numerous other costs. It’s not cheap so it is vital that you are successful with your first application. We recommend that you seek expert legal help with your Civil Partner Visa application as the rules are complicated and the costs of refusal are significant.

If you apply outside the UK in 2024, the fee (cost) will be £1,538. If you apply inside the UK, the fee will be £1,048.

The immigration health surcharge from outside the UK will be £1,872. If you apply inside the UK, the immigration health surcharge will be £1,560.

The priority (premium) visa service (optional, if you want fast processing) from outside the UK will be £573. If you apply inside the UK, the priority visa service fee will be £500 – £800.

Please note, the above fees are administrative only and do not cover our professional fees for legal representation.

We provide a full representation service for one transparent, affordable fee to handle your entire case.
To understand the fee structure in detail, call now at 0203 384 4389

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How can UK Immigration Solicitors help me?

In addition to offering immigration services, our immigration lawyers assist individuals from around the world to obtain Unmarried Partner Visas for the UK.

In order to obtain an Unmarried Partner Visa, our immigration lawyers can be of assistance to you in assessing the merits of the application, overcoming challenges, assisting in preparing the application or representing you in challenging a decision to refuse an application.

Having a proactive approach to understanding and meeting the needs of our clients is something we take pride in. Our team is committed to providing clients with clear and reliable immigration advice within a professional and friendly environment.

By now you would have realised that when it comes to Unmarried Partner Visas, we are the go-to experts.

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We have helped people from more than 100 countries get a UK visa without them leaving their homes!

We can help you get a visa from the comfort of your own home wherever you are in the world.

Speak to our friendly expert team now to see how we can help you live, work or study in the UK. Call now 0203 384 4389

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

  1. Relationship Status: You must prove that you are in a genuine and subsisting relationship akin to marriage with a UK citizen or settled person.

  2. Financial Requirement: You need to meet the minimum income threshold set by the UK government, either through employment, self-employment, savings, or a combination thereof.

  3. Accommodation: You must demonstrate that you have suitable accommodation available for you and your partner, meeting the Home Office’s standards.

  4. English Language: Depending on your circumstances, you may need to prove your proficiency in the English language.

  5. Health and Character: You must meet the health and character requirements set by the UK government, which may involve providing medical certificates and police clearance certificates.

  6. Duration of Relationship: Typically, you must demonstrate that you have been in a genuine relationship for a certain period, usually two years.

  7. Visa Application Form and Fees: Complete the appropriate visa application form and pay the required fees.

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    If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.

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