Spouses and civil partners

Spouses and civil partners

Your partner must also either:

  • be a British citizen
  • have settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
  • You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.
  • have a good knowledge of English
  • can financially support yourself and your dependants and any dependants without relying on public funds

If you do not meet these requirements you may still be able to apply for a visa or extend your permission to stay if:

  • you have a child in the UK who is a British citizen or has lived in the UK for 7 years and it would be unreasonable for them to leave the UK
  • there would be very significant difficulties for you and your partner if you lived together as a couple outside the UK that could not be overcome
  • it would breach your human rights to stop you coming to the UK or make you leave
  • You’ll get permission to stay for 2.5 years, or
  • After this you’ll need to apply to extend your stay.

Unmarried couples and same sex partners

  • The couple must have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage/civil partnership for a period of at least two years.

Your partner must also either:

  • be a British citizen
  • have settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
  • You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.
  • have a good knowledge of English
  • can financially support yourself and your dependants and any dependants without relying on public funds

Fiancee

As a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner. You must prove that:

  • any previous marriages or civil partnerships have ended
  • you plan to marry or become civil partners within 6 months of arriving in the UK
  • You will not be able to work during your engagement.
  • Once you get married you must apply for a spouse visa