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UK Unmarried Partner Visa

UK Unmarried Partner Visa: Your Essential Guide

Are you planning a shared life journey in the UK? Immtell is here to simplify obtaining a UK unmarried partner visa, making the path to your life together more straightforward.

What is a UK Unmarried Partner Visa?

A UK unmarried partner visa allows individuals in a lasting relationship with a UK citizen or permanent resident to live and work in the UK. To start your journey, it’s essential to understand how to apply for an unmarried partner visa in the UK.

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How to Apply for an Unmarried Partner Visa in the UK

Applying for an unmarried partner visa in the UK involves several steps, including gathering the necessary documentation and proving the genuineness of your relationship. At Immtell, we’re committed to making this journey smoother for you.

Our seasoned consultants guide you through every step of your unmarried partner visa application. We help in understanding the requirements, collecting necessary documentation, and building a solid application to maximise your chances of securing a UK unmarried partner visa.

The prerequisites for securing a UK unmarried partner visa are specific. Given the limited leeway for discretion by the UKVI Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), the unmarried partner visa applications must be prepared accurately and thoroughly. Be aware that the specifications for the UK unmarried visa may differ based on whether your application is submitted within the UK or from an overseas location.

  • You and your unmarried partner must be 18 years old or over.
  • You must have met each other.
  • You must usually have lived together in a relation similar to marriage for at least 2 years. 
  • You must plan to live together permanently.
  • Your unmarried partner is either present and settled in the United Kingdom (British Citizen or holds ILR) or will arrive with you to be admitted for settlement.
  • Adequate accommodation was arranged for you and any dependents, and you can maintain yourselves and any dependents without the need for UK public funds.
  • Your unmarried partner must receive an income of at least £29,000 per year or has at least £88,500 on savings to be able to support you without claiming public funds. 
  • You must satisfy the English language requirement, Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • You and your unmarried partner must be 18 years old or over.
  • You must have met each other.
  • You must plan to live together permanently.
  • Your partner is present and settled in the United Kingdom (British Citizen or holds ILR).
  • Adequate accommodation was arranged for you and any dependents, and you can maintain yourselves and any dependents without the need for UK public funds.
  • Either you or your partner or the two of you combined eceive an income of at least £29,000 per year or a minimum of £88,500 in savings to be able to support you without claiming public funds. Different rules apply if you were granted a visa on this route before 11 April 2024.
  • You must satisfy the English language requirement, Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) if switching from another visa type or Level A2 if applying to extend an initial 33-month visa granted in the same category.

FAQs

If approved, initial unmarried partner visas are usually granted for 33 months, with an extension of usually 24 months required to be submitted from within the UK.

Following five years of continuous residence as an unmarried spouse, you may qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, effectively permanent residence, providing all the requirements are met at that time.

Children under 18 may apply for a UK visa to accompany their parents as dependants. They may apply for their visas simultaneously as the parent applying for a UK unmarried partner visa.

It is possible to apply to switch visa category from within the UK into this visa type if you are not currently in the UK holding one of the following visa types:

  • Visitor visa
  • Short-term student visa
  • Parent of a Child visa
  • Seasonal Worker visa
  • Domestic Worker visa
  • Any Discretionary visa

UKVI aim to process unmarried partner visas as follows:

Visa applications submitted outside of the UK:

  • Standard processing: 90 working days
  • Priority Service processing: 30 working days

Visa applications submitted inside the UK:

  • Standard processing: 8 weeks
  • Super Priority Service processing: 1 working day

Important: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) does not guarantee processing times, and delays do occur. We advise that you only book non-refundable travel once your visa has been approved and your work visa is in your possession.  Priority services can be suspended without notice and may not be available during application.

The UKVI application fee for an unmarried partner visa is £1,846 if applying outside the UK or £1,048 from within the UK.  In addition, you will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is £1,560, to cover the 33-month visa duration.

Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require.

Pricing

At Immtell, we recognise the importance of family and relationships in the visa process. To support your UK Unmarried Partner Visa application, we offer three service packages tailored to meet various needs and preferences.

  1. Comprehensive End-to-End Support: Our all-inclusive package is ideal for those seeking thorough assistance throughout the Partner Visa application. From the initial consultation to the final submission, our team of experts ensures that every detail of your application is meticulously managed, adhering to all the necessary regulations and requirements.
  2. Fast Track Service: Designed for clients requiring swift processing, our Fast Track option ensures rapid responses within one working day and prioritises your application using the Home Office Priority Service, subject to an additional fee. This service is perfect for applicants who wish to expedite their application process.
  3. Application Review and Feedback: This service includes a detailed assessment and constructive feedback for applicants who have independently prepared their application but seek expert review. Our focus is on enhancing the strength and compliance of your application, ensuring it meets all the criteria for the UK Partner Visa.

💡 Transparent and Customised Pricing: We provide clear and upfront pricing for each service package, enabling you to make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and timeline.

📘 Looking for Additional Information? Visit our FAQ section for more insights into the UK Partner Visa process and related queries.

📞 Embark on Your Visa Journey with Expert Support: Whether you need comprehensive assistance, a fast-tracked application, or a professional review, our services are tailored to your specific requirements. Contact us to discuss how we can assist in making your UK Partner Visa application process smooth and successful.

Immtell's Typical Professional Fees

Full Service

End to End Application Support
£ 1,700 + VAT
  • Eligibility assessment
  • Advice on English language and TB test requirements (if applicable)
  • Advice on the stringent financial requirements
  • Application preparation and online submission
  • Appointment booking
  • Responding to queries from the Home Office
  • Review of issued documents
  • Post-approval document accuracy check

Fast Track

Fast Track - End to End Application Support
£ 1,900 + VAT
  • All the features of the Full Service
  • Guaranteed response to your queries within 1 working day
  • Expedited review of your documents and information
  • Speed through Home Office processing with Priority Service, subject to an additional fee. Quick, efficient, effective.
  • Review of issued documents and feedback provided within 1 working day
Best Value

Review Only

Expert Review of Your Application
£ 800 + VAT
  • Specialist review of your prepared application
  • Assess application against the relevant rules and legislations
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for improvement (if applicable)

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