You can apply for a family visa to live with your spouse or partner, fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, child, parent or a relative who will provide long-term care for you. Family visa applications are normally made under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.
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You can apply for partner visa for UK as a fiancé(e), proposed civil partner, spouse, unmarried partner, civil partner and same sex partner to join your UK partner in the UK. Once in the UK on partner visa, you can continue to extend your visa until you qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. If you are already in the UK on another type of UK visa, you may be able to switch into partner visa from inside the UK. However, it is pertinent to note that fiancé(e) visa and proposed civil partner visa applications can only be made from outside the UK and there is no option under the law for a person to apply for fiancé(e) visa or proposed civil partner visa from inside the UK.
Partner visa route is for those seeking to enter or remain in the UK on the basis of their family life with a person who is:
- a British Citizen,
- settled in the UK (holding ILR / settled status)
- in the UK with limited leave as a refugee or person granted humanitarian protection
- in the UK with limited leave under Appendix EU
- in the UK with limited leave as a worker or business person by virtue of either Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay or under the provisions of the relevant 1973 Immigration Rules (or Decision 1/80) that underpinned the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey prior to 1 January 2021.
Partner visa includes applications as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and same sex partner of the UK partner. An unmarried partner or same sex partner is a person who has been living together with the UK partner in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least two years prior to the date of application. All applications for partner visa are made under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. There are two routes to settlement (ILR) under the partner visa route which are:
- 5 years partner visa route (this route leads to ILR after 5 years)
- 10 years partner visa route (this route leads to ILR after 10 years)