If you are an unmarried partner of a British Citizen or a person settled in the UK, you can apply for an unmarried partner visa to stay with your UK partner. If you meet all the requirements of the rules including the English language and financial requirements, you can apply for an unmarried partner visa under the 5 years route. The requirements are the same as for married partners however if you are an unmarried partner, you must have lived together for a period of at least 2 years.

If all the requirements of Appendix FM are met, you will be granted a partner visa for 2.5 years under the 5 years route to settlement however if you are not meeting some of the requirements of the rules and there are exceptional circumstances and insurmountable obstacles preventing you to relocate to your country of origin, a leave may be granted for 2.5 years under the 10-year route to settlement.

What are the requirements for an Unmarried Partner visa?

The applicant applying for entry clearance as an Unmarried Partner of a British Citizen or a person settled person must meet the following requirements:

  • Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
  • Must have been living together with the UK sponsor for at least 2 years in a relationship akin to marriage;
  • Genuine and subsisting relationship as an Unmarried Partner of a person present and settled in the UK;
  • Financial requirement whereby the UK sponsor of the applicant must be earning at least £18,600 gross per year or savings of £62,500 if the UK sponsor of the applicant has no earnings from employment, self-employment or other means of income;
  • Adequate accommodation for the applicant and the UK sponsor to be accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds;
  • English language requirement to show that the applicant has English proficiency at CEFR level A1 as required by the UK Immigration Rules.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.