During the former Prime Minister’s government, Theresa May, it was announced that a legislation would be introduced to enable same sex couples to enter into civil partnerships. This meant that after the legislation was passed, opposite and same sex couples would have the same right to enter into civil partnerships. The former Prime Minister’s announcement lead to a surge of enquiries to top London family solicitors about civil partnerships but also enquiries to the best London immigration solicitors about proposed civil partnership visas to enter the UK.
What is a proposed civil partnership visa?
• In a same sex relationship; and
• Who is not an EEA national
Entry clearance requirements
Eligibility criteria for a civil partnership visa
• You want to enter a civil partnership in the UK;
• You plan to enter into the civil partnership within 6 months of your arrival in the UK;
• You and your proposed civil partner are at least 18 years old;
• You and your proposed civil partner have previously met in person (online contact, skype etc. does not meet this test);
• You and your proposed civil partner are in a committed monogamous relationship;
• There are no impediments to either one of you entering into a civil partnership (if either of you has previously been married or has previously registered a civil partnership, then the earlier relationship must have been legally dissolved to allow you to legally enter into the civil partnership);
• You must both intend to set up a permanent home together after your civil partnership;
• You speak English to the required level.
Qualifications for a civil partnership visa
• You have adequate accommodation or housing in the UK;
• You will be able to look after or maintain yourself in the UK without having to apply for state or public funds (whilst you are in the UK on a proposed civil partnership visa you cannot work in the UK);
• Your proposed civil partner must meet the income or savings sponsorship eligibility criteria (the income requirement can be met through a variety of different means including salary, pension income, share dividends or trust distributions).
How long does a proposed civil partnership visa last for?
Civil partnership agreements
How can OTS Solicitors help?
OTS Solicitors are Legal 500 recommended immigration solicitors who also specialise in all aspects of family and civil partnership law. Our specialist approachable solicitors are able to provide seamless immigration and civil partnership and family law advice. Please get in touch with us on 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment to speak to one of our experienced London immigration solicitors and expert civil partnership solicitors.
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Posted on: Monday, 16 September, 2019