Unmarried Partner Visa

What is UK unmarried partner visa?

Unmarried partner visa allows those applying (“applicants”) to join their UK partner (“sponsor”) in the UK. It is very similar to a spouse visa, except for unmarried people.

How long is it granted for?

UK unmarried partner visa is granted initially for a period of 33 months

Can it be extended?

Yes, assuming that you meet all the criteria. Your extension will be valid for 30 months, after which you can apply for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

Can I claim benefits on unmarried partner visa?

You usually can not claim claim most benefits, tax credits or housing assistance. There are however exceptions.

Will I be allowed to work in the UK?

Yes, you are free to take up any employment, self-employment, directorship of a limited or public company, running business in the UK etc.

How much does it costs?

The Home Office currently (08/01/2020) charges £1,523. You may also be required to pay the Health Surcharge. Please note that the fees change often, and usually increase.

What is the difference between unmarried partner and spouse visa

Unmarried partner visa is slightly more difficult to get. This is because in addition to showing that you meet all the criteria for a spouse visa (except being married), you have to show two or more years cohabitation and this may cause some penitentiary problems.

If you are a non-EEA national and you are an unmarried partner to a British national or a person with indefinite leave to remain, you will need to apply for this kind of visa.


You must show that your relationship is genuine and subsisting. There is a financial requirement, under which your sponsor needs to earn at least £18,600 per year or he/she has savings of at least £62,500. Neither of you can use social benefit assistance and you must know English at a certain level.

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