Unmarried Partner Visa

If you same sex couples, you may apply for Unmarried Partner Visa.

Marriage is not a necessary requirement to apply to enter or remain in the UK. The Unmarried Partner visa allows the long-term partners of a person who is present and ‘settled in the UK‘ to enter or remain in the UK even they are not married. 

The Unmarried Partner visa applies to both heterosexual and same sex relationships if you can prove that your relationship is genuine and subsisting and has been in existence for two or more years.

To qualify for the Unmarried Partner visa you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Age: You and your sponsoring partner must both be 18 years of age or over.
  • Intend to live together: You and your partner must intend to live together on a permanent basis.
  • Not involved in previous relationships: You must demonstrate that any previous relationship you or your partner were in has ended. This includes marriages or unmarried partnerships.
  • Living with your partner for at least 2 years: You need to show that you have been living with your partner for at least 2 years in a relationship similar to marriage. Documentary evidence are needed to confirm this.
  • Sufficient funds: You and your partner must have sufficient funds to support yourselves (and any dependants) without claiming public funds.
  • Financial requirements: You must meet the financial requirements. This could be different depending on your situation.
  • Accommodation: You must have suitable accommodation available for you, your partner and any dependants.
  • Language: You must also meet the English language requirements.


  • If you want to enter the UK with your children who are under 18 years of age, you should make an application for your dependants at the same time that you make your UK spouse visa application. 
  • However, this could lead to higher financial requirements.

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