When you are trying to find information on how to reunite your family there seems to be a lot of information on the internet about how best to apply for a UK spouse visa, but not all that much information about civil partnership UK visas. In this blog we focus on the civil partnership UK visa and answer your questions on eligibility to apply for a civil partnership visa.
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UK Civil partnership law
• Same sex couples can now choose whether to enter into a civil partnership or get married; and
• With effect from the 31 December 2019, heterosexual couples can either choose to get married or enter into a civil partnership.
Do I need a civil partnership visa?
Applying for a UK civil partnership visa
• You have a visa that is over six months in length; and
• You are not in the UK on a visit visa.
Applying for a UK civil partnership from outside the UK
Am I eligible to apply for a UK civil partnership visa?
• Your civil partner must be a British citizen, have Settled Status, Permanent Residence or indefinite leave to remain status; and
• You must both be at least eighteen years of age; and
• You must be in a genuine relationship and have met each other in person rather than just enjoying an online relationship or entering a civil partnership by proxy; and
• You must intend to live together on a permanent basis; and
• Any previous relationships or civil partnerships must have ended or been dissolved; and
• You must have enough funds to support yourselves (and any dependent children) without claiming UK public funds; and
• You must have suitable accommodation available in the UK; and
• You must meet the English language test; and
• Your UK based civil partner must have minimum earnings of £18,600 (before tax) per year. The minimum income rules for UK civil partnership visas are referred to as ‘the financial requirement’. If you have dependent children then the minimum financial requirement rises.
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The civil partnership visa financial requirement
• If you are in the UK and are able to work under your visa conditions then your income can be taken into account when assessing if your income amounts to £18,600 a year;
• If your UK based civil partner is in receipt of certain state benefits the financial requirement will not apply to your application although you will still need to meet the other eligibility criteria for a civil partnership visa;
• If your UK based civil partner has refugee status in the UK or humanitarian protection then you won't need to meet the financial requirement;
• If you or your UK based civil partner have savings then these can be taken into account when looking at the financial requirement and may reduce the income that needs to be earned per year to less than £18,600;
• If your UK based civil partner has a variety of sources of income such as a part time job, a pension and a rental income from a property that they rent out, then all of these sources of income can be taken into account when assessing if they meet the minimum income financial requirement of £18,600 per year. If the financial requirement is met through a variety of income sources it is vital that this is properly explained in your visa application and full supporting paperwork is provided to best ensure that the Home Office are satisfied that the financial requirement is met.
Civil partnership visa solicitors
London based OTS Solicitors specialise in immigration and family visas, and have lots of experience in securing UK civil partnership visas. If you need advice and information on how best to apply for a civil partnership visa call the civil partnership visa solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or complete the online enquiry form.
OTS Solicitors are Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession recommended immigration solicitors. Our friendly and approachable team of UK civil partnership visa solicitors can advise you on the best way to secure your civil partnership visa.
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Posted on: Friday, 06 December, 2019