You can apply for an Unmarried Partner visa UK to stay with your UK partner if you are an unmarried partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK.

If you need the help of an expert UK immigration lawyer with your Unmarried Partner visa application or extension, please contact us to get legal advice & assistance.

We are experts in dealing with unmarried partner visa applications under the 5 and 10 years route to settlement. If instructed we will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI. Please contact an expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for both 5 and 10 years route to settlement by considering all the relevant information so that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any exceptional circumstances or any adverse immigration history.

Page Contents

  1. What is Unmarried Partner Visa UK?
  2. Requirements for Unmarried Partner Visa UK
  3. Switching to Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Year Route)
  4. Extension of Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Year Route)
  5. How can we help with your UK visa application?
  6. Do you need an immigration lawyer for the UK Unmarried Partner visa application?
  7. Our Fees
  8. Do you need legal help?

What is Unmarried Partner Visa UK?

The Unmarried Partner visa commonly known as the 'Defacto visa' allows the unmarried partner to enter or remain in the UK on the basis that they are in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled in the UK.

You can apply for an Unmarried Partner visa under 5 year route if you meet all the requirements of the rules including the English language and financial requirements. The requirements are the same as for married partners however if you are an unmarried partner, you must have lived together for a period of at least 2 years.

If all the requirements of Appendix FM are met, you will be granted a partner visa for 2.5 years under the 5 years route to settlement however if you are not meeting some of the requirements of the rules and there are exceptional circumstances and insurmountable obstacles preventing you to relocate to your country of origin, a leave may be granted for 2.5 years under the 10 year route to settlement.

Requirements for Unmarried Partner Visa UK

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;
  • 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.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

Switching to Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Year Route)

You can apply for switching to an Unmarried Partner visa on the basis of your unmarried cohabiting relationship of 2 years with a British citizen or a person present and settled in the UK. The Unmarried Partner visa application will be considered in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. If you meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, you will be granted 30 months (2.5 years) leave to remain under the 5 years route to settlement. Those applicants who cannot meet all the requirements for switching into Unmarried Partner visa under 5 years route, can apply for switching into Unmarried Partner visa (10 years route).

Extension of Unmarried Partner Visa UK (5 Year Route)

You can apply for renewal of your Unmarried Partner visa under 5 years route from inside the UK by using the application form FLR (M) online prior to the expiry of your initial leave of 2.5 years.

As a result of a successful application for extension of your Unmarried Partner visa under 5 years route, you will be granted further leave to remain for 30 months (2.5 years) to be able to complete 5 years in the UK and thus apply for ILR as Unmarried Partner under 5 years route. An application for Unmarried Partner visa renewal will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

How can we help with your UK visa application?

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.

Do you need an immigration lawyer for the UK Unmarried Partner visa application?

UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.

Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Unmarried Partner visa applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.

Our Fees

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the Unmarried Partner visa application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1000 for our professional legal services in relation to Unmarried Partner visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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