A proposed civil partner of a British or settled person can apply for a Proposed Civil Partner visa UK if wish to enter into a civil partnership in the UK.
The UK Proposed Civil Partner visa category is for proposed civil partners of British citizens or settled persons in the UK who wish to enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of their arrival.
If you need the help of an expert UK immigration lawyer with your Proposed Civil Partner visa application, please contact us to get legal advice & assistance.
Table of Contents
- What is a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa?
- UK Proposed Civil Partner visa requirements
- Financial requirements for Proposed Civil Partner visa
- Adequate accommodation requirement
- English language requirement
- Documents required for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa
- How to apply for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa?
- UK Proposed Civil Partner visa processing time 2023
- UK Proposed Civil Partner visa application fees
- How can our immigration lawyer help you?
- Need legal advice or help from an immigration lawyer?
What is a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa?
The proposed civil partner of a British Citizen or settled person can apply for UK visa entry clearance as a proposed civil partner to come to the UK for 6 months and get married to the UK sponsor within the permitted 6 months period. Once married to or registered civil partnership with the UK sponsor, the applicant can then switch from a Proposed Civil Partner visa to a civil partner visa from inside the UK.
UK Proposed Civil Partner visa requirements
To be eligible for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
- Must have met each other;
- Must have the intention to live together permanently in the UK;
- Both the applicant and the sponsor must be free to marry each other;
- The applicant and the sponsor must have made appropriate arrangements and plans to get married in the UK;
- You and your partner must meet a financial requirement, which means that your partner must earn a certain amount of income or have savings above a minimum threshold. If your partner is not able to meet the financial requirement, you may be able to use your own income or savings to meet the requirement;
- You must have adequate accommodation for you and your partner, which means that the accommodation must not be overcrowded and must meet certain standards.
- You must pass an English language test to prove that you have a good knowledge of the English language.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements depending on type of application and your personal circumstances. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
Financial requirements for Proposed Civil Partner visa
To meet the financial requirement for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa, the UK-based partner must demonstrate that they meet a minimum income threshold or have sufficient savings to support their partner during their stay in the UK. The minimum income threshold is currently £18,600 per year, although this amount may be higher if the UK-based partner has dependents.
The following sources of income and savings can be considered when assessing the financial requirement:
- Employment income: The UK-based partner can use their employment income to meet the financial requirement, as long as they have been earning the required amount for at least six months.
- Non-employment income: The UK-based partner can also use non-employment income, such as rental income or pension income, to meet the financial requirement.
- Savings: If the UK-based partner does not meet the income threshold, they may be able to use their savings to make up the shortfall. The savings must have been held for at least six months, and the amount required will depend on the length of the fiancé(e) visa and whether the savings are held jointly with the applicant.
Adequate accommodation requirement
To meet the adequate accommodation requirement for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa, the couple must demonstrate that they have suitable accommodation in the UK that meets certain criteria. The accommodation must:
- Be owned or occupied exclusively by the UK-based partner, or be owned or leased jointly by the couple.
- Be free from overcrowding, and meet the relevant health and safety standards.
- Not be rented from a local authority or a housing association.
- Not be subsidized by public funds.
The accommodation requirement can be met in different ways, such as by providing evidence of ownership or occupancy of a property, a rental agreement, or a letter of support from a friend or family member who is willing to accommodate the couple. If the couple does not have suitable accommodation when the application is submitted, they may still be able to apply for a Proposed Civil Partner visa, but they will need to demonstrate that they have made adequate arrangements to secure accommodation once they arrive in the UK.
English language requirement
To apply for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa, you must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to a certain level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.
You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to at least level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale.
Documents required for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa
To apply for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa, the following documents are typically required:
- Valid passport: The applicant must provide a valid passport or other travel document.
- Proof of relationship: The applicant must provide evidence of their relationship with their UK-based partner, such as engagement photos, letters, and other forms of communication.
- Evidence of intention to marry: The applicant must provide evidence of their intention to marry within six months of arriving in the UK, such as wedding invitations or booking confirmations for a wedding venue.
- Financial documents: The UK-based partner must provide evidence of meeting the financial requirement, such as payslips, bank statements, or a letter from an employer. If the UK-based partner is self-employed, they may need to provide additional documentation, such as tax returns and business accounts.
- Accommodation documents: The couple must provide evidence of meeting the accommodation requirement, such as proof of ownership or occupancy of a property, a rental agreement, or a letter of support from a friend or family member who is willing to accommodate the couple.
- English language test certificate: The applicant must provide a valid English language test certificate unless they are a national of a majority English-speaking country.
This is a general list of documents. Depending on type of application and your personal circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents.
Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out the required list of documents in support of your application.
How to apply for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa?
Below is the step-by-step process to apply for a UK Proposed Civil Partner visa:
- Check if you meet the eligibility criteria
- Gather the required documents
- Apply online using the correct application form & submit documents
- Pay the visa application fee
- Attend a biometric appointment
- Wait for a decision
UK Proposed Civil Partner visa processing time 2023
The standard Proposed Civil Partner visa UK processing time in 2023 is currently 24 weeks. However, you may be able to use priority service to fast-track your application and get a faster decision within 15-30 working days.
UK Proposed Civil Partner visa application fees
The Proposed Civil Partner visa UK fee is £1,538 if you are applying from outside the UK using standard service. You may be eligible to use priority service to get a faster decision. You need to pay a priority service fee in addition to the application fee.
Please note that these fees are subject to change, and you should always check the most up-to-date information on the UK government's official website before applying for a visa.
How much does a UK visa application cost?
The cost of a UK visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, your location and the type of service such as 'standard service', or 'priority service'.
Here are some common costs associated with applying for a UK visa:
- Home Office visa application fee
- Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) (unless visa length is less than 6 months or you're exempt)
- Biometrics fee (if applying from inside the UK)
- The 'priority service' fee to get a faster decision (if applicable)
- English language test fee (if required)
- Immigration lawyer fees (if using legal services to boost your chances of success & avoid mistakes)
Please note that the above is a general list of costs associated with UK visa applications. There may be additional costs such court fee and translation fee depending on your circumstances.
Immigration lawyer fees
Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the UK visa application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.
At Rex Law Chambers, our immigration lawyer charges a fixed fee between £800-£1000 for our complete legal services in relation to your UK visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
How can our immigration lawyer help you?
As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:
- assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
- advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
- assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
- advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
- complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
- submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
- prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
- upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
- dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
- do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.