You may apply for a family visa if your partner is a British citizen or of ILR status (for more than 6 months) and you wish to live with them. Under this circumstance, you may also apply for a Partner Visa.
A “partner” is recognised as one of the following:
In order to be eligible for this visa and the partner visa, both you and your partner must be over 18 and intend to permanently live together in the UK.
Your partner must:
Proof of eligibility:
You must meet some conditions to apply for a Partner or Spousal visa, you must:
If you are a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, you will need to prove that you will marry or enter into a civil partnership in the UK within 6 months of your arrival. If COVID-19 has forced delay to wedding or civil ceremony, you may be able to request to extend your stay.
You must prove that:
In some instances, you may apply for a partner visa regardless of not meeting these requirements. These include:
What you can do:
What you cannot do:
Length of stay:
The visa grants length of stay for 2 years and 9 months. If you switch your visa or choose to extend, you can remain in the UK for a further 2 years and 6 months.
If you are applying as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, you can stay for 6 months.
After living in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (also known as ILR, or permanent residence).
Application for partner visa should be made at the earliest, 3 months before you plan to be in the UK.
If applying from the UK, you should apply no more than 3 months before your current visa expires.
If your country offers a Priority Service then you can apply for it at an extra cost:
If you are already living in the UK on a Partner Visa, you can extend your visa to remain in the UK longer to achieve ILR status. In order to apply for extension, you must have lived in the UK for 2.5 years and must resubmit evidence of yours and your partner’s relationship.
Application for extension of dependants’ visas should be made at the same time as your extension application. If this I not possible, application of their extension must be made before their current visa expires.