UK Partner Visa for Defacto Couples

On 8 Jun., 2020

Under this UK defacto visa, all gender of couples whether heterosexual or same-gender couples can qualify with the same set of rights and benefits as compared to those who are married or living as civil partners.

UK Partner Visa for Defacto Couples

The partner is also known as the UK defacto visa under which it allows the unmarried partner of a citizen of the UK to enter and remain in the UK. The only condition applied to this visa is the tenure of their relationship that must be of minimum two years long and they remain committed as well as in a continuous relationship. Under this UK defacto visa, all gender of couples whether heterosexual or same-gender couples can qualify with the same set of rights and benefits as compared to those who are married or living as civil partners.

If you are engaged or married, then you can also apply for a UK Fiance visa instead.

A UK defacto visa vouches a two-year probationary period in the United Kingdom with an option of Indefinite Leave to Remain and also apply for UK nationality after two years subsequently. However, the couples must have been living together for a minimum of two years before the defacto partner can apply for a partner visa. All the genders are treated equally according to the rules of immigration if they hold a defacto visa, having no restrictions to work within the boundaries of the UK. Clearance is also obtained by all applicants before entering the United Kingdom otherwise applications will get refused.

Requirements of Partner Visa

To get qualified for an unmarried partner visa, the applicant must meet the following requirements as given below:

  • Both the partners must be of at least 18 years.
  • They need to provide sufficient evidence that they have been together from at least the last two years
  • The couple has the intention to stay together permanently (including living).
  • If any of the partners had any previous relationship and the proof that it was ended completely.
  • The couple is enough capable to support themselves financially and have access to public funds like state benefits.
  • A sponsor amount of at least £18, 600 for sponsoring a non-EU national. If there is any child, then the amount will be £22, 400 for one child and if any other child, then an additional amount of £2, 400.
  • They need to have suitable accommodation and any dependants.

Exceptions to the financial requirements

If the sponsor is a part of any below-mentioned categories, then there is no need to fulfill financial requirements. Let us take a look at these. 

  • Caretaker’s allowance
  • Disability living allowance
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Industrial Disablement allowance
  • Attendance allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment

The financial requirement of De Facto Visa

The sponsors need to fulfill the financial requirements applicable through employment, cash savings, rental income, and self-employment. Each financial category has a unique set of documents which are needed to be submitted with this UK facto visa application.

  • The allowed source of income or savings
  • The time and permitted combinations of sources as applicable
  • Evidence required for each source.
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