The UK Partner Visa, also called the Unmarried Partner Visa or the UK De Facto Visa, allows you to call your partner to the UK without marriage. It helps your partner to enter and remain in the UK purely on the fact that they are in a relationship with a person who is settled in the UK for a while.
Settling in the UK means either on an Indefinite Leave to Remain or a British Citizen - anyone who is a resident of the UK without any immigration restrictions on length of their stay in the country.
UK Partner Visa also applies to the LGBTQ community as it also allows same sex relationships to be united, provided you can prove your relationship is genuine and has been in existence for more than two years at least.
Here are the requirements that need to be satisfied to procure a UK Partner Visa:
Although this list is exhaustive, more conditions might apply. In order to have a successful application the partners are suggested to consult professionals who can take care of the documentations and help through the application process.
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Here is a list of documents you need to apply for the UK Partner Visa:
Some of the relationship related documents the officers would want to see as evidence of your relationship may include:
The Home office Processing Fees for UK Partner Visa is £1,523 for the Home Office to process your visa.
There is an Immigration Health Surcharge of £1,872 to be paid along with the fees.
To apply for a Partner Visa you will be required to fill an online form through the UK Home Office application website. At the same time, you will also be able to submit the various documents supporting your application.
In order to complete the application process though, you need to attend a physical appointment. This is to obtain your biometric data such as fingerprint, photograph, retina scans and what ever else might be required by the authorities.
For a UK partner visa, the financial ability to support your partner needs to be displayed by the partners. For this, either the resident partner, or both partner jointly, need to demonstrate that they have an annual gross income of at least £18,600. The combined ability to earn is applicable in case the partner is living in the country on some other visa with any valid leave to remain.
For a first child coming along who is not British, settled or an EEA national, you need to pay £3,800 and after that £2,400 for every additional child with the same conditions.
Yes. If your application is successful, you can find a job in the UK and work full or part time. You will become eligible as soon as the UK partner visa is granted.
Supporting documents can be provided for the UK Partner Visa by:
If you are applying for the UK partner visa from within the UK, you may be able to pay an extra £800 for Super Priority Service. You get a faster decision using this service.
This is so fast that if you pay for the super priority service, a decision will usually be made:
Everyone applying for the UK partner visa must have proficiency in the English language. In order to meet this requirement, tests have to be taken at an approved testing center. These Home Office Approved centers and providers are listed in Appendix O.
The applicant can have multiple test attempts as needed in order to pass at the required CEFR level as long as they can provide the required evidence when they apply.
The Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) can refuse your application for the UK Partner Visa if the application is not meeting certain criteria. In this case you can file an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. This appeal has to be against the refusal of the application. This appeal has to be filled within 28 days of the refusal of the UK Partner Visa application.
Under certain conditions, you can be exempt from meeting the financial requirements of earning £18,600 per annum in order to bring your partner to the country. This can be when you partner is in receiving of:
UK Partner Visa application can be made from outside the UK or at a Service Center, or simply fill it up online and submit directly to the authorities, depending on your circumstances. The extensive application form needs to be filled correctly depending on your case. You also need to provide all the supporting documents for your application.
For the UK Partner Visa, unmarried partners who apply for it from outside the UK will be granted a leave to remain for 33 months in the country. But those switching to this visa type within the country will only get 30 months long leave to remain.