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UK Unmarried Partner Visa
The Unmarried Partner visa which is also known as the UK defacto visa, allows the unmarried partner to enter or remain in the UK on the basis that they are in a relationship with a person who is present and ‘settled in the UK’. ‘Settled in the UK’ means that you are ordinarily resident in the UK with no immigration restrictions on the length of your stay.
The Unmarried Partner visa applies to both heterosexual and same sex relationships subject to that you can prove that your relationship is subsisting and has been in existence for two or more years. If your application for an unmarried partner visa is successful you will be eligible to work in the UK as soon as the visa is granted.
UK Family Visa Immigration Help & Advice
If you and your spouse or partner have children who are under 18 years of age they are allowed to enter the UK as your dependants. You should make an application for your dependants at the same time that you make your UK partner visa application. However, you must demonstrate income of a particular amount in order to enable sponsorship. This amount varies depending on the number of children being sponsored.
- You and your sponsoring partner must both be 18 years of age or over.
- You and your partner must intend to live together on a permanent basis.
- You must show that any previous relationship that you or your partner were involved in (whether it be as a married or an unmarried couple) has ended.
- You need to show that you have been living with your partner for at least two years in a relationship similar to marriage. You will need to provide documentary evidence confirming this.
- You and your partner must have sufficient funds to support yourselves (and any dependants) without claiming public funds.
- Your unmarried GBR or settled partner must be earning at least £18,600 per annum or savings to be able to sponsor you. If also sponsoring children as dependents then the financial requirement will increase.
- You must have suitable accommodation available for you, your partner and any dependants.
- You must also satisfy the English language requirements
It is possible to switch to an Unmarried Partner visa while you are in the UK provided that you have leave to remain here on a visa that was granted for a period exceeding 6 months. Please note that you cannot switch into the Unmarried Partner visa category if you are already in the UK and were initially admitted to the UK for a period of less than six months – for example, as a visitor or a short-term student.
If necessary Royce Legal can arrange relevant tests for most countries around the world – please contact us for more information regarding the English language requirements for UK immigration.
Royce Legal are happy to help people who have had UK Partner Visa refusal notices where you have sought support through the application process elsewhere.
We would point out that if you are already in the UK when a refusal of such an application occurs then it is crucial that you act quickly and without hesitation. You must either contest the refusal or apply for another UK immigration Visa at once. Overstretching the permitted duration of stay you have been granted, can be hugely detrimental to your long-term settlement plans.
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