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SPOUSE AND UNMARRIED PARTNERS UK
IMMIGRATION VISA

SPOUSE AND UNMARRIED PARTNERS

UK IMMIGRATION VISA

Overview
 
If you are married to or the unmarried partner of a British citizen or someone who is settled (holds indefinite leave to remain) in the country, they can join your partner in the UK under the Spouse/unmarried partner UK Immigration Visa route. The UK immigration rules also recognise partners who are not married but are in a genuine and subsisting relationship similar to marriage.
 
If you are outside the UK, you can apply for entry clearance on the basis that you are married or in a genuine and subsisting relationship to someone present and settled in the UK. If you are already in the UK, you can apply to switch into this category. Applications are made under Appendix FM of the UK’s immigration rules.
 
Eligibility

You can apply for a UK Spouse Immigration Visa if:

  • you and your partner must be at least 18 years of age.

  • you are either married or a civil partner to a person present and settled in the UK or who is currently being admitted for settlement.

  • you intend to live permanently with your spouse.

  • your marriage is subsisting and genuine.

 
You can apply for a UK Unmarried Partner Immigration Visa if:
 

  • you and your partner must be at least 18 years of age.

  • you have been living together with your partner, in a genuine and subsisting relationship for two years or more.

  • you intend to live permanently with your spouse.

  • your relationship is subsisting and genuine.

 
The process is slightly more complex for unmarred partners in that you will have to prove your relationship (normally through utility bills covering two years). In addition, there are certain financial requirements that must also be met which include a minimum income threshold of £18,600 which is required to sponsor the settlement of the spouse, partner, fiancé or proposed civil partner.
 
There is ls also a higher threshold on income if there are any children being sponsored:
 

  • 1 child in addition to the partner – £22,400.

  • 2 children in addition to the partner – £24,800.

  • 3 children in addition to the partner – £27,200.

  • An additional £2,400 for each additional child thereafter. 

The maintenance requirement can be met in a number of ways, please let us advise on this aspect when going through the process.
 
Extension
 
The Spouse or Unmarried Partner UK Immigration Visa, which is initially issued for a two-and-a-half-year period, allows you to work without restriction in the UK. You may also exit and re-enter the country multiple times. At the end of the two and a half years, you will need to extend your stay in the UK for a further two and a half years.
 
Indefinite Leave to Remain

Once you have been on a Spouse or Unmarried Partner UK Immigration Visa for a total of five years you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. When applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain you must still meet the requirements of Appendix FM as well as the specific requirements for indefinite leave to remain:

 

  • evidence to the Home Office that you have been living together in the UK.

  • Sit and Pass the Life in the UK Test

  • Have passed an English Language Test at the appropriate level

 
Get in Touch and let us take the stress out of obtaining a Spouse or Unmarried Partner UK Immigration Visa. 

Regulation Number: F202000133

Clearview Immigration (UK)
New Market House,

Market Street, 

Newbury, Berkshire,

RG14 5DP
England

Tel: 01635 282682

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