The Unmarried Partner visa category is for long term partners of British citizens, persons with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, permanently in the UK or limited leave to remain under Appendix EU or Appendix ECAA, who wish to join, or stay in the UK with their partner or proposed civil partner. You can also apply if your partner is outside the UK, but intending to return to the UK with you.
Requirements for a UK Unmarried Partner visa application
In order to qualify for a UK Unmarried Partner visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you meet the following requirements:
Your partner is British, holds indefinite leave to remain or is permanently in the UK, limited leave to remain under Appendix EU or limited leave to remain under Appendix ECAA;
You are both over the age of 18;
You have met in person and have lived together in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years;
Your relationship is genuine and you intend to live together permanently;
Any previous relationships have broken down permanently;
You will be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds;
There is adequate accommodation for you and any dependents;
You speak and understand English language level to the required standard in Listening and Speaking.
To discuss your Unmarried Partner visa for UK application with one of our immigration solicitors, contact our Unmarried Partner visa UK lawyers on 02037324736 or complete our enquiry form.
Meeting the Financial requirement for a UK Unmarried Partner visa
In order to demonstrate that you can be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds, you will need to meet the financial requirement.
The financial requirement for a UK Unmarried Partner visa application states that you will need to demonstrate that your partner (or both of you jointly if you are in the UK with valid leave to remain) has a gross annual income of at least:
£3,800 for a first child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national); plus
£2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national).
Satisfying the Unmarried Partner visa for UK financial requirement
You can meet the Unmarried Partner visa UK financial requirement through salaried and non-salaried income, self-employed income, salary and/or dividends from a company of which you are a Director, property rental income, dividends and income from investments, stocks, shares, bonds or trust funds, pension income, insurance payments, maintenance payments and cash savings above £16,000 that have been held for at least six months, unless you can demonstrate that they have come from the sale of property or investments within the last 6 months.
In some circumstances it is possible to rely on a combination of the above sources of income in meeting the financial requirement in support of your the application process.
Different considerations will apply if your partner is in receipt of certain benefits in support of your family visa.
How long does it take to get a decision?
The vast majority of applications in this category take between 2-3 months, sometime a lot quicker if further documents are not requested from the Home Officer casework. You can pay extra £800.00 to obtain a Fast track decision on your case.
UK Unmarried Partner visa application fee
The Home Office application fee for a UK Unmarried Partner visa application submitted outside the UK is currently £1,523. The Home Office application fee to switch into the Unmarried Partner category from within the UK or extend stay as an Unmarried Partner is currently £1,033.
UK Unmarried Partner visa validity period
If your application for a UK Unmarried Partner visa is successful, your visa will be valid for 33 months initially. If you apply for leave to remain in the UK as an Unmarried Partner then you will be granted leave valid for 30 months.
Before your initial grant of leave expires, you will need to apply to UK Visas and Immigration to extend your stay. If your application for further leave to remain as an Unmarried Partner in the UK is successful then you will be granted further leave to remain for a period of 30 months.
After spending 5 years in the UK as the Unmarried Partner of a British citizen or settled person, you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
Can an Unmarried Partner UK visa holder work in the UK?
Unmarried Partner visa holders have a full right to work and study in the UK.
Unable to satisfy the requirements for a UK Unmarried Partner visa?
If you are not able to satisfy certain of the requirements for a UK Unmarried Partner visa, you may still be able to apply to join or remain with your partner on Human Rights grounds if you can demonstrate that there would be very significant difficulties in your relationship continuing outside the UK.
UK Unmarried Partner visa application: How our immigration solicitors can help?
Our immigration solicitors regularly assist with unmarried partner application. We have a vast amount of experience in checking your documents, preparing representations and submit successful Unmarried Partner visa for UK applications.
Whether you require expert advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a visa or professional assistance with preparing an immigration application, our immigration solicitors can help.
The financial requirement rules are particularly complex and include mandatory requirements in terms of the documentary evidence that must be provided to UK Visas and Immigration in order to demonstrate access to the relevant funds. Our immigration solicitors specialise in assisting applicants with complicated financial circumstances to secure successful outcomes in their Unmarried Partner visa applications.
We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team of immigration solicitors , dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to family members as part of a professional and friendly service.
So if you are looking for help with your Unmarried Partner Visa requirements and are in the E7, E12 and SE16 areas of London then please call us.