A civil partnership is a relationship that has been legally recognised between two same-sex people. The creation of the civil partnership meant that same-sex couples could garner many of the same rights that were already given to heterosexual married couples. The move was a huge step in the progression of the UK and LGBT rights and marks the UK’s clear commitment to equality for all. With that in mind, the visa rules needed to be amended for same-sex couples that were to enter into a civil partnership. The result was the civil partner's visa that we discuss in detail here.
The visa as you may have guessed allows a person in a same-sex relationship and not an EEA national to settle in the UK with an EEA national. This means that a successful applicant can join their proposed civil partner in the UK for up to two and a half years (which can be extended). As the UK is currently trying to reduce net migration, it is more important than ever that applications are presented properly and with that in mind, you may wish to consider bringing in a specialist immigration firm like ours. Having a specialist immigration lawyer working for you gives you the best chance to harness years of experience and knowledge into delivering you the best result possible. So if you are the civil partner of a British national or a person present and settled in the UK, you may be able to apply for UK Civil Partner Visa to join your partner in the UK. Out-of-country applications will be made to the High Commission/Embassy/Consulate in the country of nationality or country of origin of the applicant. While in-country applications will be made by submitting the FLR (M) application by post to the Home Office. In-country applications are applicable where the applicant is on a visa with a leave of more than 6 months.
The visa program itself relies heavily on its eligibility criteria. The criteria for the visa program is as follows;
In addition, you will need to prove that your partner is settled in the UK and is an EEA resident. You will also be required to prove that you can maintain yourselves and that your partner must earn at least £18,600.
Whilst you are a fiance, fiancee or a proposed civil partner you will not be able to work.
Once you have been accepted you will receive 2.5 years on a visa that is extendable.
Once you have had 5 years on a civil partner visa you will be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. As long as you continue to meet the requirements you will have a strong chance to be successful in your application.
We are experts at helping with complicated visa applications and are well set up to handle the specific requirements that a civil partner visa brings. In order to see what we can do get in contact with us today. Our expertise means that you will have the best chance of a successful application to live and work in the UK so why delay?