Welcome! Are you applying for a UK visa as a same-sex partner or assisting your partner in their UK visa application? You’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we will navigate through the essentials of applying for a UK same-sex partner visa, simplifying the journey for you.
I’m Stuart, an OISC registered immigration lawyer, and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. Being married to a foreign national, I have first-hand experience navigating the often stressful visa application process. Let me walk you through it.
Same-sex relationships and UK immigration
UK immigration law recognises same-sex relationships. Whether you’re the partner of a British citizen, a settled resident, or a temporary visa holder, you have the right to apply for a same-sex visa. Since October 2000, UK immigration rules have formally recognised same-sex relationships.
Eligibility for a Same-Sex Partner Visa in the UK
To qualify for a same-sex partner visa, you and your partner must meet several conditions. In addition to your partner being a UK national, having Indefinite Leave to Remain, or holding a limited period visa (such as a Skilled Worker under the Points Based System):
- Both parties must be 18 years or older.
- You need to prove that your relationship is genuine and akin to a marriage.
- You must meet the minimum English language standard.
- You must demonstrate that you can financially support yourself while in the UK.
Demonstrating a Genuine Relationship
If you’re in a UK-recognised civil partnership or marriage, you don’t need further proof of your relationship. However, if you are a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner of someone living in the UK, you will need to provide evidence that you will marry or enter into a civil partnership within six months of entering the UK.
If you are an unmarried partner, you’ll need to provide proof that you’ve been together for at least two years. This doesn’t need to be a continuous period; for example, work commitments might have necessitated time apart. Regardless of where you’ve lived together, you must provide enough official evidence to satisfy the immigration officer. Our team at nogoingback.org will be delighted to advise you on the type of evidence needed for your circumstances.
English Language Requirements
You won’t have to take an English test if:
- You’re a national of a country where English is a main official language (see the list here).
- You have a degree or academic qualification taught or researched in English. For non-UK qualifications, you’ll need to get a certificate from Ecctis to prove your qualification meets the standard of a UK Bachelor’s degree.
Otherwise, you must take an English test at a minimum of A1 level on the CEFR global scale, demonstrating basic understanding and use of familiar everyday expressions.
Are Requirements Different for Same-Sex Couples?
No, there’s no discrimination! The visa requirements for same-sex couples are identical to those for heterosexual couples.
You and your partner must generally prove a joint income of £18,600 or more per year. However, there are other ways to meet the financial requirement via savings etc. This is a complex area, so it is best to discuss it with your immigration lawyer.
Why Choose nogoingback.org for Your UK Same-Sex Partner Visa Application?
We stand out because we are part of the LGBTQ+ community ourselves and are committed to assisting our community through our immigration services. We understand the sensitivities needed when applying from countries where same-sex acts are criminalised and discrimination is prevalent.
At nogoingback.org, we specialise in helping LGBTQ+ individuals successfully apply for UK visas to be with their loved ones. We firmly believe love should have no borders. As a team of LGBTQ+ immigration specialists, we understand what it means to be different.
Embark on your exciting new life in the UK with us guiding you every step of the way.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do same-sex couples have the right to apply for a UK same-sex partner visa?
Yes, UK immigration law recognizes same-sex relationships, and same-sex couples have the right to apply for a same-sex partner visa.
What are the eligibility requirements for a same-sex partner visa in the UK?
To qualify for a same-sex partner visa, both parties must be 18 years or older, prove that their relationship is genuine and akin to a marriage, meet the minimum English language standard, and demonstrate the ability to financially support themselves while in the UK.
Do same-sex couples have different visa requirements compared to heterosexual couples?
No, the visa requirements for same-sex couples are identical to those for heterosexual couples. There is no discrimination in the visa requirements based on sexual orientation.
What income requirement needs to be met for a same-sex partner visa?
Generally, you and your partner must prove a joint income of £18,600 or more per year. However, there are alternative ways to meet the financial requirement, such as through savings. It is recommended to consult with an immigration lawyer for assistance in this complex area.
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