Unmarried Partner Visa UK

Bring your long-term partner to the UK on an Unmarried Partner visa with personalised support from our skilled immigration lawyers.

The requirements for the Unmarried Partner visa are broadly similar to those of the Spouse/Civil Partner visa. However, without a civil partnership or marriage that’s legally recognised in the UK, the burden of proving a genuine and subsisting relationship can be much heavier. Get in touch with us today for more information regarding the strict visa requirements and for expert advice on how to apply for an Unmarried Partner visa.

  • The Home Office specifies that you and your partner must prove that you have been in a ‘relationship kin to marriage’ for at least two years prior to applying for an Unmarried Partner visa. We can help you to gather the documentation required and make sure that all evidence is presented correctly.
  • We will assist with every step of the complex visa application process. If your partner has unfortunately been denied a visa, and you would like to challenge the decision or make an appeal, we can provide professional advice and legal representation. 
  • If your Unmarried Partner visa expiry date is approaching, we can help you to apply for an extension. If you have already completed five years’ continuous residence in the UK, we can instead advise you on your eligibility for ILR.

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Contact us today to find out how we can help your partner join you in the UK, with professional immigration advice tailored to your unique circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prove that my partner and I are in a ‘genuine and subsisting relationship’?

If you’re not married or in a civil partnership, you’ll need to prove that you and your partner have been living together in a relationship for at least two years. In this situation, the following items may be used as proof of your relationship:

  • Utility bills, bank statements or tenancy agreements that confirm you live at the same address or pay bills together
  • A letter from your doctor or dentist confirming that you live at the same address

The Home Office may accept evidence such as one-off bills (e.g. vet’s fees or home repair costs), voter registration letters, or student finance paperwork. However, it is important to note that UKVI are less likely to grant you a visa based on this evidence.

Texts, social media messages, photos and receipts are among the items that are not considered strong evidence and should not be relied upon in your application for an Unmarried Partner visa.

How much does it cost?

The application cost for an Unmarried Partner visa is £1,538 if applying from outside the UK, or £1,048 if applying while in the UK.

You may also be liable to pay the healthcare surcharge which costs £1,872 if you’re staying for two years and nine months, and £1,560 if you’re extending to stay for two years and six months.

How long can I stay?

You can stay in the UK on an Unmarried Partner visa for up to two years and nine months. If you are switching to this visa from another category, or you are applying for an extension, you can stay in the UK for up to two years and six months.

Once you’ve been in the UK as a partner for a minimum of five continuous years, you may be eligible to apply for settlement or indefinite leave to remain. These five years exclude any time spent in the UK on another visa, including as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner.

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If you need trustworthy legal advice regarding immigration in the UK, we would be pleased to help. Fill in our contact form with a brief overview of your situation and we will be in touch as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with our immigration law experts.


Let us review your circumstances and provide a quotation.

During your free consultation, we will provide guidance on how we can support you with your immigration needs. Once we have assessed your current situation and objectives, we will advise on the best course of action and will supply a quotation for our recommended services.


Leave the complex legal matters to our dedicated immigration lawyers.

Once you have approved the quote, we will supply you with our full terms of business. After the terms have been agreed to, we will work closely with you (or on your behalf where appropriate) to achieve your immediate and long-term UK immigration goals.

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