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UK Unmarried Partner Visa: Your Essential Guide

Planning a shared life journey in the UK? Immtell is here to simplify the process of 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, who are 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

The process to apply 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 assist in understanding the requirements, collecting necessary documentation, and building a strong application to maximize your chances of securing a UK unmarried partner visa.

The prerequisites for securing a UK unmarried partner visa are exacting. Given the limited leeway for discretion by the UKVI Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), it’s crucial that the unmarried partner visa applications are prepared with accuracy and thoroughness. 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.


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 5 years 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 the age of 18 may apply for a UK visa to accompanying their parents as dependants. They may apply for their visas at the same time as the parent applying for a UK unmarried partner.

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) do not guarantee processing times and delays do occur. We advise that you do not book any non refundable travel until 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 at the time of application.

The UKVI application fee for an unmarried partner visa is £1,538 if applying outside of the UK or £1,048 if 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. Please see the options below or contact us for further information.

The Unmarried Partner Visa Application Journey with Immtell

Navigating the complexities of immigration can be daunting. At Immtell, our mission is to make this journey less overwhelming. We offer comprehensive guidance, from initial consultations to thorough visa application reviews, to ensure your UK unmarried partner visa process is as hassle-free as possible.

Embark on your thrilling journey towards a shared life in the UK with Immtell. Our experienced consultants are ready to guide you through each step of the unmarried partner visa process, from understanding to successful application.

Start creating unforgettable moments with your partner in the UK. Connect with Immtell today.