Entry Clearance For Unmarried Partner Visa UK
You can apply for an unmarried partner visa entry clearance online if you are an unmarried partner of your UK partner and you are resident outside the UK. If the applicant meets the requirements for entry clearance as an unmarried partner as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, he/she will be granted entry clearance for an initial period not exceeding 33 months, and subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds.
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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;
- Your UK partner must also either:
- be a British or Irish citizen; or
- have settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain (ILR), settled status or proof of permanent residence in the UK; or
- be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status – they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021; or
- have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa; or
- have refugee status or humanitarian protection 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.
Meeting the financial requirement is one of the key requirements for an application for unmarried partner visa entry clearance UK.
Calculating The Financial Requirement
The applicant must provide evidence that the UK sponsor’s gross annual income is at least equivalent to the income as given in the table below:
|Applicant applying with no children||£18,600 gross per annum|
|Applicant applying with 1 non-settled / non-British child||£22,400 gross per annum|
|Applicant applying with 2 non-settled / non-British children||£24,800 gross per annum|
|Applicant applying with 3 non-settled / non-British children||£27,200 gross per annum|
|Applicant applying with 4 non-settled / non-British children||£29,600 gross per annum|
|Applicant applying with 5 non-settled / non-British children||£32,00 gross per annum|
The higher financial requirement for applicants applying with child(ren) will apply until the applicant qualifies for settlement, even if the child turns 18 before then. However, the 18+ year old’s income and savings will be permitted to count towards the financial requirement.
When Does Financial Requirement Does Not Apply To A Child?
The financial requirement does not apply to a child who:
- Is a British Citizen (including an adopted child who acquires British citizenship);
- Is settled in the UK (holds ILR in the UK) or who qualifies for indefinite leave to enter (ILE); or
- Qualifies under Part 8 or Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules in a category to which the financial requirement does not apply.
Meeting The Financial Requirement For Unmarried Partner Visa Entry Clearance?
According to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, the applicant must meet:
- the level of the financial requirement applicable to their application; and
- the requirements specified as to:
(a) the permitted sources of income/savings; and
(b) the time periods and permitted combinations of sources applicable to each permitted source relied upon; and
(c) the evidence required for each permitted source relied upon.
Income and cash savings must be in the name of the applicant, their partner or jointly. However, income and cash savings of a dependent child of the applicant can also be included once the child has turned 18 years of age.
All employment or self-employment income must come from working legally. All income and savings must be lawfully derived.
What Are The Various Sources Of Meeting The Financial Requirement?
Where the applicant has to meet the minimum income threshold, the financial requirement can generally be met in the following five ways:
- Income from salaried or non-salaried employment of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category A or Category B, depending on the employment history.
- Non-employment income, e.g. income from property rental or dividends from shares. This is referred to as Category C.
- Cash savings of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant, above £16,000, held by the partner and/or the applicant for at least 6 months and under their control. This is referred to as Category D.
- State (UK or foreign), occupational or private pension of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant. This is referred to as Category E.
- Income from self-employment, and income as a director or employee of a specified limited company in the UK, of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category F or Category G, depending on which financial year(s) is or are being relied upon.
Evidence Flexibility For Financial Requirement
The evidential flexibility is set out in paragraph D of Appendix FM-SE. Under Appendix FM-SE there is discretion for decision-makers to defer an application pending submission of missing evidence or the correct version of it, within a reasonable deadline set for this. Decision-makers will not have to defer where they do not think that correcting the error or omission will lead to a grant.
Decision-makers are also able to grant an application despite minor evidential problems (but not where specified evidence is missing entirely). There is also discretion for decision-makers where evidence cannot be supplied because it is not issued in a particular country or has been permanently lost. Decision-makers have general discretion to request additional information or evidence before making a decision.
Exemption From Financial Requirement For Unmarried Partner Visa Entry Clearance UK (Adequate Maintenance)
Where the applicant’s partner is in receipt of any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant will be able to meet the financial requirement at that application stage by providing evidence of “adequate maintenance” rather than meeting an income threshold of £18,600 or above:
- Carer’s Allowance.
- Disability Living Allowance.
- Severe Disablement Allowance.
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
- Attendance Allowance.
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
- Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
- Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme.
- Police Injury Pension.
If the applicant’s partner is in receipt of one of the above benefits or allowances on behalf of their child, the applicant will be able to qualify by meeting the financial requirement through “adequate maintenance”. The evidence required to demonstrate that the applicant’s partner is in receipt of a specified benefit or allowance is specified in Appendix FM-SE.
The applicant must provide specified evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if-
- it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
- it contravenes public health regulations.
The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she:
- is a national of a majority English speaking country; or
- has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI; or
- has an academic qualification recognised by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
- is exempt from the English language requirement because at the date of application:
- the applicant is aged 65 or over;
- the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or
- there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.
If your application for unmarried partner visa entry clearance has been refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) and you believe that the decision to refuse your application is valid and lawful and therefore cannot be challenged by way of Entry Clearance Appeal Against Refusal Of Unmarried Partner Visa, you have the option to re-apply for unmarried partner visa. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for unmarried partner visa entry clearance after the refusal.
Our expert team of immigration solicitors specialise in UK unmarried partner visa entry clearance applications. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for UK unmarried partner visa entry clearance, we will carry out all the work on your application until a decision is made by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your unmarried partner visa entry clearance application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our expert team of immigration solicitors will include the following:
- Assessing your eligibility for unmarried partner visa entry clearance by considering all your personal circumstances;
- Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your unmarried partner visa entry clearance application;
- Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your unmarried partner visa entry clearance application;
- Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules;
- Completing and submitting the online application form to apply for unmarried partner visa UK entry clearance by gathering all the relevant information from you and your sponsor;
- Helping you with paying the unmarried partner visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the application;
- Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant and/or the sponsor explaining the background of their relationship and other relevant factors pertaining to the unmarried partner visa entry clearance application;
- Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your unmarried partner visa entry clearance application;
- Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents and scheduling an appointment for submission of passport and enrolment of your biometrics;
- Liaising with the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) for a timely decision on your unmarried partner visa entry clearance application.
Our fixed fees for unmarried partner visa entry clearance application from outside the UK are as given in the fee table below:
|Our Service||Our Fixed Fees Range|
|Full service for unmarried partner visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)||From £1,500 To £3,000 (no VAT)|
The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the unmarried partner visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for unmarried partner visa entry clearance, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the UK visa entry clearance application.
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