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Unmarried Partners of a British Citizen or of anyone with any type of long
term status in the UK.
It has been possible since 1997 for unmarried partners both in a
heterosexual and same sex
relationship to gain entry to the UK. These sort of applications tend to
be more difficult than those
based on marriage as you need to show that you have been together for two
years and that it is
a permanent relationship. The requirements since April 2003 are as
- You have to show that any previous relationship whether in marriage or as
an unmarried couple has ended.
- You should have been living together for at least two years in a
relationship similar to marriage. You will
need to provide documentary evidence confirming that you have been living
together for this time.
- If you have been together for less than four years you are granted a visa
for a probationary period of two years.
If you are still living together at the end of two years in the UK
permanent residence (properly known
as indefinite leave to remain) will usually be granted.
- If you have been together for four years or more outside the UK you will be
granted indefinite leave to remain
(permanent residence) in the UK without having to live in the UK for two
years. Again, you will need to provide documentary evidence proving this.
- You must intend to live together permanently with your partner.
- You must possess sufficient funds to pay you and your partner's living
expenses and those of any dependants without claiming
public funds. Public funds cover various benefits paid by
the Government if you are currently looking for work, if you are on a low
income and if you are in various other situations.
- Accommodation for the unmarried partners, and any dependants, must be
suitable and available.
- It is a requirement that the overseas unmarried partner has to be 16 years
old or over, and the sponsor in the UK
has to be at least 18 years old.
- Children of the unmarried partners who are under 18 years old are allowed
entry to the UK as dependants, and can make their application at the
same time as the main applicant.
- After a total period of five years in the UK if you meet the residence
requirements you may then apply
for UK citizenship.