UK Unmarried Partner visa and applies to applicants that have either settled status or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (Please note that settled status means that a permanent resident is living here lawfully with no time limit on their stay. If you are returning to the UK to settle, your partner can also apply to join you at the same time. The relationship may be a heterosexual or a same sex, but the partners MUST not be blood related).
Unmarried Partner Visa – Benefits
A De Facto Visa / UK Unmarried Partner Visa, does not require you to be married to your partner. This is how it differs from a UK fiancé visa application which would require that your partner must join you with the express purpose of marrying, not allowing your partner to work. A successful UK unmarried partner visa application for the UK allows your partner to enter and work in the country without needing a UK work permit.
UK Unmarried Partner Visa – Duration
UK Unmarried Partner Visa's are usually issued for 2 years. After 2 years is up, the applicant can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or permanent residency in the UK. On some occasions entry clearance may possibly be granted, this allows a partner to immigrate to UK on a permanent basis. Once permanent residency is granted, an applicant can become a UK citizen, this is done through British Naturalization.
UK Unmarried Partner Visa – Eligibility
A UK unmarried partner Visa applies to a relationship of the same kind to marriage. In some countries, this is a legally recognised status. Applications for unmarried partner visas must be able to provide adequate evidence that the partners have been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years.
Applicants seeking to apply for an UK unmarried partner Visa of this class must be 21 years old and above and the partner with the settled status in Britain must be 18 years old and above.
The unmarried partner visa UK applicants must be able to support themselves without access to public funds. The applicant must plan to live with their partner on a permanent basis.
Any previous marriage involving either party, must have permanently finished. Document proof may be needed for this.