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Proposed Civil Partner Visa

The Proposed Civil Partner visa is a permit that allows civil partners to come into the United Kingdom on the basis of their relationship with a UK based settled person. A settled person is an individual who is not subject to immigration restrictions.

You will be able to apply for entry clearance as a proposed civil partner for the purpose of registering your civil partnership in the UK a person who is present and settled in the United Kingdom. Importantly, after leave has been granted as a proposed civil partner , you should then proceed to registering your civil partnership after which you may then apply for leave to remain as a civil partner from inside the country. We advise that you should make an in-country application for a leave to remain as a civil partner before the expiration of the current civil partner visa.

Requirements for Entry Clearance as a Proposed Civil Partner

Applicants will not be granted entry clearance as a Proposed Civil Partner if:-

  • The Secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe that excluding the applicant from the United Kingdom will be favourable to public good.
  • As at the time the proposed civil partner application, the applicant is subject to a deportation order.
  • There is a public good benefit arising from denying the applicant entry on the basis of the applicant’s conduct. This may include convictions or other reasons that would make it undesirable to grant them entry clearance.
  • The applicant has failed without reasonable excuse to either attend a compulsory interview, provide a specified information or undergo a medical examination or provide medical report when required to do so.
  • The applicant presents a false representation or obtaining documents from a third party using false information in relation and in support of the application.
  • There is a failure to disclose material facts in relation to the application.
  • The applicant has failed to pay the relevant NHS surcharge or the payment has failed to process.
  • A maintenance and accommodation undertaking has been requested or required under paragraph 35 of these Rules or otherwise and has not been provided


Eligibility here pertains to the proposed civil partner’s eligibility to make an entry clearance application to join their partner in the United Kingdom.

  • The applicant’s proposed partner must be of a settled status in the United Kingdom or have a refugee leave or with humanitarian protection.
  • The applicant must be over the age of 18 as at the time of the application.
  • Both parties must not be within the prohibited degree of relationship.
  • Both parties must have met a least once in person.
  • They must be in a genuine and subsisting relationship
  • There must be an plan to permanent reside in the United Kingdom

Financial Requirements

The sponsor will need to be earning a minimum gross income of GBP 18,600 per annum. Importantly, you will need to show the sum of GBP3, 800 for every additional child dependent on the application. Please speak to one of our lawyers if you need help with calculating your financial requirement based on your individual case

Knowledge of English language

In order to meet the English language requirements, the following must requirements must be met:-

  • The applicant is from a majority English lanauge speaking country
  • The application has graduated from a higher educational institution
  • The applicant passed a UKVI accredited English language test.
  • The applicant is over sixty-five years of age.
  • The applicant suffers a disability that impedes on their ability to meet the English language requirement.
  • Exceptional occurences abound that prevents the applicant from meeting the English lanauge requirement


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