You can apply for extension or renewal of your civil partner visa (5 years route) if you are already in the UK with civil partner visa granted under 5 years route and you meet all the requirements for grant of extension under 5 years route as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. An application for civil partner visa extension (5 years route) is made online using application form FLR (M). If you are unable to meet the financial requirement or English language requirement for extension of civil partner visa under 5 years route, you can switch into civil partner visa (10 years route) from civil partner visa (5 years route) from inside the UK.

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Our team of specialist family visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with applications for extension of civil partner visa. We can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for extension of civil partner visa under 5 years route.

Super Priority Service For Decision Within 24 Hours

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors for Priority and Super Priority Service can fast track your UK visa and immigration application to get you decision on your application within 24 hours under the Super Priority Service. This way you will get decision on your application faster and will not to wait for a decision on your application for months (some time years).

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors can prepare your complete application in a short period of time and submit your immigration application under the Super Priority Service to get you decision on your application within 24 hours.

Our immigration lawyers in London are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours (usually by the end of next working day).

Requirements For Civil Partner Visa Extension (5 Years Route)

Requirements for extension of civil partner visa under 5 years route from inside the UK include the following:

  • Immigration status requirement: The applicant must be currently in the UK under civil partner visa (5 years route) and should apply for renewal prior to the expiry of his/her leave. 
  • Relationship requirement: The applicant must be civil partner of a person who is either a British Citizen, a person with ILR / settled status, an EU national with pre-settled status, a refugee / humanitarian protection status holder, Turkish Businessperson visa holder or Turkish Worker visa holder. The relationship of the applicant with the UK sponsor must be genuine and subsisting and the appropriate evidence of genuineness and subsistence of civil partnership should be provided in support of the application for civil partner visa extension;
  • Suitability Requirement: The applicant should meet the suitability requirements as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
  • Financial requirement: The applicant should meet the financial requirement for extension of civil partner visa (5 years route). The financial requirement can be met through
    • income of the applicant and/or UK sponsor (£18,600 gross per year if applying with no dependent children) from employment or self-employment; and/or
    • savings of the applicant and/or the sponsor; or
    • through rental income of the applicant and/or the sponsor.
  • Accommodation requirement: The applicant must provide evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively;
  • English Language Requirement: The applicant must meet the English language requirement to show that the applicant has English proficiency at CEFR level A2 as required by the UK Immigration Rules.

Financial Requirement For Extension Of Civil Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

The applicant must provide evidence that the UK sponsor's gross annual income is at least equivalent to the income as given in the table below:

Applicant Income Required
Applicant applying with no children £18,600 gross per annum
Applicant applying with 1 non-settled / non-British child £22,400 gross per annum
Applicant applying with 2 non-settled / non-British children £24,800 gross per annum
Applicant applying with 3 non-settled / non-British children £27,200 gross per annum
Applicant applying with 4 non-settled / non-British children £29,600 gross per annum
Applicant applying with 5 non-settled / non-British children £32,00 gross per annum

The higher financial requirement for applicants applying with child(ren) will apply until the applicant qualifies for settlement, even if the child turns 18 before then. However, the 18+ year old’s income and savings will be permitted to count towards the financial requirement.

Exemption From Financial Requirement (Adequate Maintenance)

Where the applicant’s partner is in receipt of any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant will be able to meet the financial requirement at that application stage by providing evidence of “adequate maintenance” rather than meeting an income threshold of £18,600 or above:

  • Carer’s Allowance.
  • Disability Living Allowance.
  • Severe Disablement Allowance.
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
  • Attendance Allowance.
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
  • Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme.
  • Police Injury Pension.

If the applicant’s partner is in receipt of one of the above benefits or allowances on behalf of their child, the applicant will be able to qualify by meeting the financial requirement through “adequate maintenance”. The evidence required to demonstrate that the applicant’s partner is in receipt of a specified benefit or allowance is specified in Appendix FM-SE.

Adequate Accommodation Requirement

The applicant must provide specified evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if-

  1. it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
  2. it contravenes public health regulations.

English Language Requirement

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she:

  1. is a national of a majority English speaking country; or
  2. has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI; or
  3. has an academic qualification recognised by UK Ecctis to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
  4. is exempt from the English language requirement because at the date of application:
    • the applicant is aged 65 or over;
    • the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or
    • there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.

Our Fixed Fees For Civil Partner Visa Applications

Our fixed fees for spouse / partner visa applications are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Full service for spouse / partner visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £1,200 To £2,500 (no VAT)
Full service for switching into spouse / partner visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,200 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT
Full service for extension of spouse / partner visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,200 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT
Full service for ILR as a spouse / partner from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,200 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for the application, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

Service Options For Your Immigration Application

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers offer following service options for your UK visa and immigration application:

Full Service

Our immigration lawyers can provide full service for your immigration application for a fixed fee. Under the full service, our fast track immigration lawyers will carry out all the work on your immigration application until you get a decision on your application through priority or super priority service. Work to be carried out by our fast track immigration lawyers will include the following:

  • Advice on requirements: Our immigration solicitors will advise you on the relevant requirements you meet for your immigration application to succeed;
  • Documentary advice: Our immigration lawyers will prepare and email you a comprehensive list of supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • Assessing documents: Our immigration lawyers will assess your documents to make sure that all the documents you provide in support of your application are in accordance with the requirement of the immigration rules;
  • Completing the application form: Our immigration lawyers will complete the relevant application form your immigration application;
  • Submitting application through Priority or Super Priority Service: Where possible, our fast track immigration lawyers will submit your online immigration application through priority or super priority service to get faster decision on your immigration application;
  • Booking an appointment with the application centre: After the online submission of your immigration application, our fast track visa solicitors will book your appointment with the application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • Detailed cover letter: Our specialist immigration solicitors will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application to explain all the relevant legal requirements and how such requirements have been satisfied by the applicant with the documents being submitted with the application;
  • Uploading documents online: Before the biometrics enrolment date, our immigration lawyers will upload online all the supporting documents to be considered in support of the immigration application;
  • Follow up work: Our immigration lawyers will carry out all the follow up work until decision by the Home Office UKVI on the immigration application.

One-Off Immigration Services

Our specialist immigration lawyers can provide following one-off immigration services for in relation to your UK visa and immigration application:

Remote Legal Services For Your Immigration Matter

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert immigration advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, our Fast Track Immigration Lawyers can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely to save your time and travel cost.

  • We can provide immigration advice service remotely through Zoom / Skype / Phone / Microsoft Team etc to assess your matter fully and give you appropriate legal advice on your matter;
  • Following initial immigration advice, if you instruct us for your immigration matter, we can send you all relevant documents electronically for you to digitally sign and return the same to us;
  • You can send and receive all documents electronically in PDF format;
  • We will complete your application form and prepare any witness statement (where necessary) by sharing our computer screen with you in a Zoom / Microsoft Team meeting so that you are fully aware of all the information given in the form or statement;
  • We will keep you fully informed on the progress of your matter through active email correspondence.

Why Choose Us For Your Immigration Application?

  • Your immigration application will  be prepared by a specialist immigration solicitor with huge experience of 19 years and specialist knolwedge of immigration laws, requirements, documentary evidence and relevant procedures;
  • Your immigration application will be prepared in shortest possible time under the fast track service;
  • You will get decision on your application faster under the Priority or Super Priority Service;
  • If your application does not succeed for any reasons, our immigration lawyers will challenge the refusal with no additional cost. In the alternative, our immigration lawyers will prepare and submit a fresh application at no extra cost;
  • Our immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, we can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely.

FAQs - Extension Of Civil Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

What are useful online sources of information and guidance for renewal of civil partner visa under 5 years route?

You can rely on following useful online sources to find an answer to your question about extension of civil partner visa 5 years route:

Apply Online For Renewal Of Civil Partner Visa

The Home Office UKVI website gives you access to the online application form FLR (M) to apply for renewal of civil partner visa under 5 years route.

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Appendix FM: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM to the UK Immigration Rules sets out the requirements an applicant for renewal of civil partner visa under 5 years route.

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Appendix FM SE: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM SE to the Immigration Rules sets out the specified documents to meet the financial requirement for renewal of civil partner visa.

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Appendix FM Financial Requirement: Home Office Guidance

The Home Office UKVI guidance on meeting the financial requirement is a useful source of information and guidance on how to meet the financial requirement for extension/renewal of civil partner visa.

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Approved English Language Tests

The Home Office UKVI page Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests is a useful source of information about approved English language test centres in the UK and around the world for civil partner visa application.

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Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI

The Home Office UKVI guidance: Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI is a useful source of information and guidance about the validity of marriage, divorce, civil partnership or dissolution of civil partnership.

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What if my civil partner visa renewal/extension application is not successful?

If your civil partner visa renewal application is unsuccessful, you may have one of the two options available to you:

Option to re-apply within 14 days

You can re-apply for civil partner visa renewal within 14 days of the deadline for filing an appeal against the refusal has expired. Our expert team of civil partner visa solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance for re-applying for civil partner visa renewal after refusal.

Option to file an appeal against the refusal

You can file an appeal against the refusal of your civil partner visa renewal within 14 days of the refusal decision. Our specialist appeal lawyers can provide expert legal help and assistance with your appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) to challenge the refusal of  your civil partner visa renewal.

You should take appropriate legal advice before choosing the right option for you in your given circumstances.

What are the most common reasons for refusal of civil partner visa renewal application under 5 years route?

The most common reasons for refusal of civil partner visa renewal under 5 years route include the following:

  • not meeting the financial requirement;
  • not meeting the English language requirement;
  • Home Office UKVI not satisfied that the relationship with the qualifying civil partner is still subsisting;
  • general grounds for refusal such as allegation by the Home Office UKVI of applicant using proxy for TOEIC test previously, making false representations, etc.
Can Home Office grant me leave under 10 years route if I do not meet the requirements under 5 years route?

Yes, it is very common for the Home Office UKVI to grant leave to remain under 10 years route where the applicant allegedly does not meet the requirements for grant of leave under the 5 years route.

In the event of Home Office granting leave under 10 years route, the applicant will not be given appeal right to challenge the refusal in the First Tier Tribunal. Such decision of the Home Office UKVI can only be challenged by way of Judicial Review in the Upper Tribunal.

Our expert team of Judicial Review solicitors can help you with your Judicial Review against the Home Office UKVI decision to grant you leave under 10 years route instead of 5 years route if you believe that the decision not to grant under 5 years route is wrong and unlawful.

How long does civil partner visa extension/renewal take?

The processing time for renewal of civil partner visa (5 years route) is dependent on the type of service you use to apply for extension of your civil partner visa. The processing times for renewal of civil partner visa (5 years route) are as follows:

Standard Service

An application for civil partner visa renewal under standard service is likely to be decided by the Home Office UKVI within 3 to 6 months.

Priority Service

An application for extension of civil partner visa under priority service is likely to be decided within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

An application for civil partner visa renewal under the Super Priority Service is likely to be decided within 24 hours.

How much does it cost to renew civil partner visa UK?

The Home Office UKVI fees for renewal of civil partner visa 5 years route are as follows:

  • Application fee: £1048
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): £1,560
  • Biometrics Enrolment Fee: £19.20
  • Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours (Optional): £800

Our family visa solicitors can provide legal help and assistance with your application for extension of civil partner visa (5 years route) on fixed fee basis.

Which English test is required for civil partner visa extension under 5 years route?

You will need to pass the Home Office UKVI approved English test known as IELTS Life Skills at level A2 (listening and speaking only) for the renewal of your civil partner visa under 5 years route.

How soon can I apply for civil partner visa extension/renewal?

You can apply for civil partner visa renewal any time within 28 days before completing 30 months residence in the UK on civil partner visa OR before your civil partner visa expires.

Is there a residence requirement for civil partner visa renewal under 5 years route?

Under the UK immigration Rules, there is no specified residence requirement for renewal of civil partner visa. However, as the spouse visa category is a settlement category, it is expected that the applicant has intention to live permanently in the UK with the UK sponsor in order to settle in the UK. Long absences from the UK may raise a question mark on the applicant's intention to live permanently in the UK with the UK sponsor.

What documents are required for civil partner visa extension/renewal under 5 years route?

The documents to be submitted in support of the civil partner visa renewal will vary depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant and the UK sponsor. Generally spaking, you may need to provide various documents in support of your civil partner visa renewal under 5 years which may include the following:

  • your current and previous passports
  • your biometric residence permit
  • your civil partner's immigration status documents e.g. British passport or ILR BRP card
  • evidence of relationship with your civil partner including civil partnership certificate and evidence of cohabitation with your civil partner
  • evidence to show how you meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 or mroe e.g. pay slips, bank statements and other relevant documents as per your circumstances
  • evidence of your accommodation in the UK
  • evidence of meeting English language requirement e.g. English test certificate or degree certificate etc
  • if either the applicant or the UK sponsor was previously married or in civil partnership, the divorce certificate / dissolution certificate of the applicant or the sponsor, as the case may be

It is pertinent to note that the supporting document to meet the financial requirement will vary from case to case depending on how the financial requirement is being met. Our expert team of solicitors for civil partner visa renewal can assess your personal circumstances fully and give you a complete list of all the documents required to be submitted in your application as per your personal circumstances.

My partner is on civil partner visa in the UK. If I claim universal credit, will it affect my partner's application for extension of civil partner visa under 5 years route?

As long as you and your partner meet the financial requirement for extension of civil partner visa under 5 years route, receiving universal credit or any other public funds in your name should not have any adverse impact on your partner’s application for civil partner visa extension.