You may be able to switch into an unmarried partner visa if you are currently in the United Kingdom having a valid leave for a period exceeding six months. It is pertinent that you meet the requirements for the unmarried partner visa route.
In order to switch, you will need to submit your application using the FLR(M) application form.
For applications made before, having fulfilled all other requirements, your grant of leave will be in line with chapter 8 of the Immigration Rules. A key attribute of applications submitted under the old rules is that they will not need to meet the financial requirements of GBP18, 600.
It is also important to note that certain persons are still able to apply under the old rules even if they are applying after 09-07-2012, viz:-
For persons who are eligible to switch under the old rules, they may be eligible to switch into the Unmarried partner visa route under the Part 8 of the Immigration rules. They will be able to apply under the Appendix FM of the Immigration rules.
Under Appendix FM, applicants would still have to meet the GBP18,600 per annum gross income financial requirement except they fall under the exemptions allowed under Appendix FM.
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