UK unmarried partner visa allows entry to the same-sex or heterosexual partners of the permanent residents or citizens of the UK, provided they are in genuine relationship.
People who have entered the country through another qualifying visa that has validity of over six months can apply to switch to this visa category.
VAF4A form must be filed along with the application fee of £810 by those applying for this visa from outside the UK. From within the country, form FLR (M) must be filed. The application fee for this would be £550 and £850 by post and in person, respectively. For Settlement processing, the application fee is £972 by post and £1350 in person.
Children (under 18), who are dependants need to be mentioned in the spouse’s application. However, they would need to file separate applications. Children above 18 years cannot apply as dependants.
The documents to be provided include,
People who have applied for the visa from outside the country would be permitted to live permanently in the UK. However, to qualify for this the couple must have been in a live-in relationship for a minimum of four years; must come and settle in the UK; must not have unmet convections; and must pass the English language and UK life tests.
People who do not qualify under these criteria will be given probationary visa of two years and three months. In addition, people, who are switching to this category within the country, would be awarded a two-year probationary visa. Later (before the probationary period expires), they can apply for the ILR.
People who applied from within the country have statutory right, while those who applied form outside have full right to log an appeal if their UK Unmarried Partner Visa application has been rejected.