The UK Civil Partner visa category is for partners of British citizens, persons with indefinite leave to remain in the UK or limited leave to remain under Appendix EU or Appendix ECAA, who wish to join, or stay with, their Civil Partner in the UK. You can also apply for a UK Civil Partner visa if your Civil Partner is outside the UK, but intending to return to the UK with you.
Requirements for a UK Civil Partner visa application
In order to qualify for a UK Civil Partner visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you meet the following requirements:
- Your partner is British, holds indefinite leave to remain, limited leave to remain under Appendix EU, or limited leave to remain under Appendix ECAA;
- You are both over the age of 18;
- You have met in person and are legally in a civil partnership;
- Your relationship is genuine and you intend to live together permanently;
- Any previous relationships have broken down permanently;
- You will be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds;
- There is adequate accommodation for you and any dependents;
- You speak and understand English to the required level.
The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.
To discuss your UK Civil Partner visa application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our UK Civil Partner visa lawyers on 07810 447971 or complete our enquiry form below.
Financial requirement for a UK Civil Partner visa application
In order to demonstrate that you can be adequately maintained in the UK without recourse to public funds, you will need to satisfy a financial requirement.
The financial requirement for a UK Civil Partner visa application states that you will need to demonstrate that your Civil Partner (or both of you jointly if you are in the UK with valid leave to remain) has a gross annual income of at least:
- £18,600; plus
- £3,800 for a first child (who is not British, settled, or an EEA national); plus
- £2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, settled, or an EEA national).
Satisfying the UK Civil Partner visa financial requirement
You can meet the UK Civil Partner visa financial requirement through salaried and non-salaried income, self-employed income, salary and/or dividends from a company of which you are a Director, property rental income, dividends, and income from investments, stocks, shares, bonds, or trust funds, pension income, insurance payments, maintenance payments and cash savings above £16,000 that have been held for at least six months unless you can demonstrate that they have come from the sale of property or investments within the last 6 months.
In some circumstances, it is possible to rely on a combination of the above sources of income to satisfy the financial requirement.
Different considerations will apply if your Civil Partner is in receipt of certain benefits.
UK Civil Partner visa processing times
UK Visa & Immigration aims to process 95% of UK Civil Partner visa applications within 12 weeks.
If you require a faster visa processing timeline, most visa application centres outside the UK offer a Settlement Priority Visa Service. This will ensure that your UK Civil Partner visa application is placed at the front of the queue at every stage of the decision-making process. The visa processing time for a UK Civil Partner visa submitted via the Settlement Priority Visa Service is normally not more than 30 working days. A well-prepared visa application may result in a quicker processing time.
If you apply to switch into or extend your stay as a Civil Partner from within the UK, you will be able to choose from two processing timelines. If you apply via the Standard Service, your in-country application will normally be decided within 8 weeks. If you apply via the Super Priority Service, you should normally receive a decision on the next working day after providing your biometric information.
UK Civil Partner visa application fee
The Home Office application fee for a UK Civil Partner visa application submitted outside the UK is currently £1,523. The Home Office application fee to switch into the Civil Partner category from within the UK or extend your stay as a Civil Partner is currently £1,033.
Civil Partner visa validity period
If your application for a UK Civil Partner visa is successful, your visa will be valid for 33 months initially. If you apply for leave to remain in the UK as a Civil Partner then you will be granted leave valid for 30 months.
Before your initial grant of leave expires, you will need to apply to UK Visas and Immigration to extend your stay. If your application for further leave to remain as a Civil Partner is successful then you will be granted further leave to remain for a period of 30 months.
After spending 5 years in the UK as the Civil Partner of a British citizen or settled person, you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
Can a Civil Partner visa holder work in the UK?
Civil Partner visa holders have a full right to work and study in the UK.
- Meeting the financial requirement under Appendix FM with children
- Minimum income requirement under Appendix FM: is there room for flexibility?
Unable to satisfy the requirements for a UK Civil Partner visa?
If you are not able to satisfy certain of the requirements for a UK Civil Partner visa, you may still be able to apply to join or remain with your partner on Human Rights grounds if you can demonstrate that there would be very significant difficulties in your relationship continuing outside the UK.
UK Civil Partner visa application: How our immigration barristers can help
Our immigration barristers regularly assist foreign national Civil Partners to relocate to, and settling in, the UK with their British citizens or settled partners. We have assisted numerous Civil Partners to prepare and submit successful UK Civil Partner visa applications.
Whether you require expert advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a visa, or professional assistance with preparing an immigration application, our immigration barristers can help.
The financial requirement rules are particularly complex and include mandatory requirements in terms of the documentary evidence that must be provided to UK Visas and Immigration in order to demonstrate access to the relevant funds. Our immigration barristers specialise in assisting applicants with complicated financial circumstances to secure successful outcomes in their Civil Partner visa applications.
We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team of immigration barristers, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to family members as part of a professional and friendly service.