UK Visas - Unmarried Partner and Same Sex Partner Visa
In order to enter or remain in the UK as the Unmarried/Same Sex partner of a British citizen or someone who is settled in the UK you must meet the following criteria:
- you and your partner must be aged 18 or over;
- you and your partner have met in person and are not related in a way that means you could not marry under UK law;
- your relationship with your partner is genuine and subsisting and you intend to live together permanently in the UK;
- any previous relationship have permanently broken down;
- you meet the suitability requirements i.e. married or civil partners/living together in a relationship for two years;
- your meet the financial requirement: an annual income of at least £18,600. If you are sponsoring a child as well as a spouse/civil partner you will need an annual income of at least £22,400. For each additional child being sponsored you will need an additional income of £2,400. Cash savings are a permitted source, the amount required will need to be calculated as per individual circumstances;
- there will be adequate accommodation in the UK;
- the applicant meets the English language requirement (unless the applicant is from a majority English speaking country);
- if the visa you are applying for is for a period of over 6 months, you will require to pay a Healthcare Surcharge Payment (IHS) the cost of which varies depending upon your circumstances.
Visa duration and Settlement
Unmarried Partner visas will be initially issued for a period 30 months if applying from within the UK, and 33 months if applying from outside the UK. A further extension application will be required prior to the expiry of the initial visa, this would be granted for a further 30 months (as long as you continue to meet the requirements), taking you to a total of 5 years residence in the UK. Once you have completed the 5 year probationary leave you will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK provided that your relationship is subsisting, you are living with your partner in the UK and can continue to meet the maintenance and accommodation requirements, and have enough knowledge of the English language and life in the UK.