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Entry Clearance as an Unmarried Partner

If you are looking to enter the UK as an unmarried partner of a British national or person present and settled in the UK, you will need to meet the following requirements:-

  • The applicant must be outside UK
  • A valid entry clearance application must have been lodged with the home office for entry clearance as an unmarried partner.
  • You must not fall for refusal under general grounds for refusal
  • All the requirements outlined in Section E-ECP: Eligibility for entry clearance as a Partner must have been met by the applicant.

Unmarried partner refusal

An entry clearance applicant as an unmarried partner may be refused under the following grounds:-

  • The Secretary of State has sufficient and reasonable grounds to believe that denying the applicant entry as an unmarried partner is conducive to public good.
  • The applicant is subject of a deportation order at the date of the application.
  • Convictions or imprisonment for at least twelve months will serve to act as a reasonable grounds to exclude the applicant from the UK; on the basis that is conducive to public good.
  • There are reasonable grounds to believe that as a result of the applicant’s conduct; including but not limited to character, associations, etc, it would be conducive for the public good to refuse the applicant entry clearance into the UK.
  • There has been an inaccurate information that has been provided by the applicant or he/she has failed to attend a compulsory interview which has direct implications on the application.
  • As a result of medical reasons, entry clearance is deemed not desirable.
  • The applicant failed to make mandatory payments in respect of his/her application. Such mandatory payments include the IHS surcharge.
  • The applicant has not met adequate maintenance and/or accommodation requirements.

Eligibility for Entry Clearance as an Unmarried Partner

  • The sponsor must be either a British citizen or a person which an indefinite leave or permanent residence status in the UK. Where the sponsor is neither of the aforementioned, the application will be as a PBS Dependent Unmarried Partner.
  • As at the date of application, both parties must be 18 years or over.
  • The relationship between both parties must not be such that is prohibited within the definitions of a subsisting relationship
  • Every previous marriage must have broken down permanently. The applicant must not be in other active relationship or marriage except where the marriage is a polygamous one. Please note that the UK laws do not recognize polygamy. This means that only one wife (in the case of a polygamous union) will be recognized in the UK.
  • There must be a demonstrable evidence that both partners intend to live together permanently in the United Kingdom.

Entry clearance Length of Stay as an unmarried partner

A successful entry clearance as an unmarried partner application will be greeted with an initial leave for 33 months without recourse to public funds.


Related links

Unmarried partner visa Entry Clearance
Switching into unmarried partner visa
Unmarried partner visa extension
ILR as an Unmarried partner
Unmarried partner visa frequently asked questions

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