Can I bring my girlfriend to the UK?

03 Jan 2024, 56 mins ago

Many UK immigration routes permit you to bring your partner to the UK, either on a dependant visa or by way of sponsorship, if you are a British national or Settled in the UK.

Under certain immigration routes, your partner may be able to join you in the UK by applying for a dependant visa. For example, partners can apply under the Skilled Worker route, but not under the Overseas Domestic Worker (ODW) route.

In most circumstances, you and your partner will need to show that you are either married, in a civil partnership, or have lived together for at least two years in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership prior to the application. As part of the application, you and your partner must also show that you are in a genuine and subsisting relationship at the time of the application.

If you are a British citizen or you are Settled in the UK, you may want to consider sponsoring your partner under a Family visa. This visa is available for both married and unmarried partners. As with a dependant visa, you and your partner will need to show that your relationship is genuine, amongst other requirements. The applicant must also meet the financial and English language requirements.

The type of visa that your partner can apply for will depend on a number of factors. It is advisable to seek legal advice to ensure that you and your partner understand your immigration options.

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