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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 an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa) 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 the UK’s immigration rules.
 
Eligibility

You can apply for a UK Spouse Immigration Visa if:

 

  • you and your partner are at least 18 years of age

  • you are either married or in a civil partnership 

  • settled in the UK or with someone 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 are at least 18 years of age

  • you have been living together with your partner 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.

 

If you want to meet the Spouse financial requirement through savings you will need to have access to £62,500 plus additional funds for any relevant children. 

 

If there are any children being sponsored, there is ls also a higher threshold on income:
 

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

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

  • three 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 settle and apply for ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’. When applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain you must still meet the requirements already mentioned as well as these specific requirements:
 

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

  • pass the ‘Life in the UK’ Test

  • pass 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.