Are you in a genuine and subsisting relationship with your British or settled partner but neither married nor in a civil partnership? Do you wish to join them in the UK or make the UK your home?
The Unmarried Partner visa route gives long-term partners who reside together in a relationship akin to marriage the opportunity to stay in the UK for 30 months, with an option to extend the visa at the end of this period for a further 30 months. This route is available to both unmarried and same-sex partners. The Unmarried Partner route can lead to settlement after 5 years and subsequently British citizenship, if further requirements are satisfied.
It is important to take account of the financial requirements for this category, along with the other criteria required for an Entry Clearance or Leave to Remain application. The key issues to consider before making an application relate to the following criteria:
- Relationship must be genuine and subsisting, meaning that the applicant and the settled person have resided together in a relationship for at least the last 2 years before the application and do not have an intention of ending it.
- The financial requirements must be satisfied
- There is adequate accommodation for both the applicant and the settled person in the UK which will not be overcrowded
- The applicant meets the knowledge of the English language requirement
If you are already in the UK and hold valid leave, you may be eligible to switch into the Unmarried Partner route, as long as you satisfy the above requirements and are not in the UK as a visitor.
If you would like any advice or assistance in respect of the Unmarried Partner category, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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