You can apply for proposed civil partner visa for UK if you are a proposed 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. An application for proposed civil partner visa can only be made from outside the UK. An entry clearance application for proposed civil partner visa application is made in accordance with requirement of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

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As a result of successful application for proposed civil partner visa, the applicant is granted entry clearance for 6 months so that the applicant can come to the UK to register his/her marriage or civil partnership with the UK partner and then switch into civil partner visa or spouse visa from inside the UK. Once married to or registered civil partnership with the UK sponsor, the applicant can then switch from proposed civil partner visa to civil partner visa from inside the UK. 

Priority Service For Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK

Our specialist team of family visa solicitors and Lawyers can provide Priority Service for your entry clearance application for family visa so that you get a faster decision on your application. If the Priority Service is available from the country you apply, you may be able to get decision on your application within 6 to 8 weeks through priority service. You will find out if you can get a faster decision when you submit your visa application online.

Requirements For Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK

The requirement to be met for proposed civil partner visa entry clearance include the following:

  • Relationship requirement: The applicant must be the proposed 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 marriage should be provided in support of the proposed civil partner visa entry clearance application;
  • Age requirement: Both the applicant and the UK proposed civil partner of the applicant must be aged 18 or over;
  • Intention to get married or register civil partnership in the UK: The applicant should be seeking entry as a proposed civil partner to enable registration of his/her marriage or civil partnership with the UK partner and should demonstrate intention to get married to or register civil partnership with the UK partner in the UK;
  • 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 the grant of proposed civil partner visa entry clearance. The financial requirement can be met through
    • income of the 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 A1 as required by the UK Immigration Rules;
  • Tuberculosis Test Certificate: The applicant should provide Tuberculosis test certificate, where this is required under Appendix T of the Immigration Rules.

Financial Requirement For Fiancé Visa UK

Meeting the financial requirement is one of the key requirements for an application for proposed civil partner visa entry clearance UK.

The applicant must provide evidence that the UK partner'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

Exemption From Meeting The Financial Requirement

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 For Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK

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 For Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK

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 A1 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 NARIC 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.

Switching From Proposed Civil Partner Visa To Civil Partner Visa

A person who is in the UK on proposed civil partner visa can switch from proposed civil partner visa into civil partner visa from inside the UK as soon he/she has registered his civil partnership with his/her partner. Such application for switching from proposed civil partner visa to civil partner visa is made online using application form FLR (M) before the expiry of the proposed civil partner visa. As specialist family visa solicitors, we can provide Super Priority Service for application for switching from proposed civil partner visa to civil partner visa and get decision on your application within 24 hours of the biometrics enrolment date.

Our Fixed Fees For Partner / Spouse 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.
    What is a proposed civil partner visa UK?

    A proposed civil partner visa UK is granted to a person who wishes to enter the UK with a view to marriage or civil partnership with a sponsor 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.

    What is the definition of a sponsor for proposed civil partner visa?

    In an application as a proposed civil partner, the ‘sponsor’ is the person with whom the applicant intends to register a civil partnership.

    What is the age requirement for proposed civil partner visa UK?

    Both the applicant and the UK proposed civil partner of the applicant must be aged 18 or over for proposed civil partner visa application to succeed. In cases where the applicant is within a couple of months of their 18th birthday, and the other party is 18 or over, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has discretion to issue UK visa entry clearance but valid only from when the person under 18 has reached their 18th birthday.

    What evidence is required of ‘intention to live together’ in a proposed civil partner visa application?

    Intention to live permanently with the other means an intention to live together, evidenced by a clear commitment from both parties that they will live together permanently in the UK immediately following the outcome of the application in question or as soon as circumstances permit.

    In a case considered in the High Court in November 1996, Keen J held that:

    ‘The concept of intention is no doubt a complex one, but it appears to me that one can indeed have a genuine intention, notwithstanding that the carrying out of that intention is dependent on, or could be frustrated by, some extraneous event.’

    He went on to conclude that the requirement of the Rules relating to the intention of the parties to the marriage could be met where the British citizen (or legally resident foreign national) spouse insisted on remaining in the UK. In other words, a conditional intention to live together could be sufficient to meet the ‘intention to live together permanently’ requirement.

    Is there a requirement to have met for a proposed civil partner visa application?

    Yes, the Immigration Rules for proposed civil partner visa application require that both the applicant and the UK sponsor must have met each other in person otherwise the application for proposed civil partner visa can be refused by the Entry Clearance Oficer (ECO) for this reason.

    In case of Abdulmajid Esmail Jaffer, the Tribunal held that ‘to have met’ meant something more than a mutual sighting. They also felt that a mere coming face-to-face followed by telephone or written contact would be insufficient to satisfy the rule, as would a family background together with such a face-to-face meeting. In their view the essential test of whether the rule had been satisfied was whether the couple had had a face-to-face meeting which in itself had resulted in the making of mutual acquaintance.

    A relationship that has developed over the Internet would not satisfy the ‘to have met’ requirement unless the relationship included a personal face-to-face meeting between the couple concerned. Evidence of a face-to-face meeting might include a travel history, relevant email exchanges etc.

    What evidence is required to prove freedom to marry in a proposed civil partner visa application?

    For single adults, the Registrar normally accepts the parties’ declaration that they are free to marry. The ECO may, therefore, accept a similar verbal statement by an applicant, together with any supporting correspondence from the person he / she is going to marry. This is unless there are strong grounds to believe that one of the parties is still married/in a civil partnership or has been married / in a civil partnership previously and is concealing this fact. In such cases the ECO may make whatever enquiries as seem appropriate.

    Where the ECO has doubts about an applicant’s intention to marry, the ECO may ask to see evidence of freedom to marry before issuing an entry clearance which may include:

    • Widowed person: death certificate of the late spouse.
    • Surviving civil partner: death certificate of the deceased civil partner.
    • Divorced person: evidence of divorce e.g. a divorce certificate.
    • Dissolved civil partnership: evidence of the dissolution, for example, dissolution certificate.
    When is the proposed civil partner visa UK fee paid?

    Proposed civil partner visa UK fee is paid to the Home Office UKVI at the time of online submissino of the proposed civil partner visa application.

    Do I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for proposed civil partner visa UK?

    Applicants for proposed civil partner visa UK do not have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for their proposed civil partner visa application.

    Will I lose the Home Office UKVI fee for proposed civil partner visa if my proposed civil partner visa application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

    In the event of refusal of proposed civil partner visa application, the applicant will lose his/her UK visa fee because the proposed civil partner visa fee will not be refunded to the applicant. It is therefore important to have proper legal help and assistance with the preparation and submission of the proposed civil partner visa application.