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Civil partner visa Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • For application submitted in the UK, same-day-service will normally be decided within twenty-four hours.
  • A postal application on the other hand for in-country applications will be decided in line with the standard processing times of the UKBA.
  • An out of country application submitted to the British High Commission or Embassy will be processed in line with the standard processing times of the of the Home Office UKBA.
Yes meeting the English language requirement is a key requirement in the UK civil partner visa category. To meet this requirement, you must either be from a majority English speaking country or must have had a degree taught in English from a UK higher education institution. There are however few exceptions to this:-
  • You will not need to meet the English language requirement if you are 65 or more as at the time of the application.
  • You suffer from a physical or mental illness that limits your ability to meet the requirement
  • You are not able to meet the requirement as a result of exceptional circumstance.
Entry clearance applications under this route can be made online using the visa4UK website. You may also use the VAF4A application form and all relevant appendixes.
Of course you can make an in-country application for a civil partner visa. You will need to fill out the FLR (M) application form. There is also a same day service available for you if you need your decision quicker. Contact one of our lawyers today for a quick assessment if you qualify.
The Home Office requires that you demonstrate that your relationship is genuine and subsisting. In order to do this, you will have to show the following:-
  • That your relationship has a history and is long-term;
  • That you cohabit;
  • There is a shared responsibility between you and your partner for the kids (if there are kids involved).
  • There is a shared responsibility in terms of your finances; this is demonstrated by either shared mortgages, tenancy agreements, joint bank accounts, savings, utility bills showing both of your names.
  • Visiting your spouse’ family would also count towards showing a genuine and subsisting relationship.
  • There is an intention to permanently live together in the UK.
In order to meet the financial requirement you will need to earn an annual gross salary of at least £18,600.
However, if you are applying with a child, your annual gross earnings must not be below £22,400.
If you are applying with more than one child, you would need to add £2,400 to the £22,400 above for every additional child.
You will not need to meet the maintenance requirements if your sponsor is on disability allowance benefits or on care givers allowance. You will however need to show that you are able to support yourself financially without needing support from public funds.
For applications submitted outside the country, you will be granted leave for up to thirty three months
. Extension applications will be granted for up to thirty months. Furthermore, if you have continually resided in the country for up to 5 years under this route, you will be eligible for settlement (ILR) provided you meet all other requirements for settlement including knowledge of English language, life in the UK as well as residency requirements.
The date of your application is the date you paid your application fee to the UKVI. You can locate the date on your payment receipt; this remains applicable either for online applications or in a visa application center.
You will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to remain 28 days before the expiration of your visa.

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