Same sex partner visa is for for same sex partner of a UK sponsor who has been living together with the UK partner for at least 2 years in a relationship akin to marriage or marriage civil partnership. Same sex partner visa UK is granted on the basis of 2 years cohabiting relationship of the applicant with a person who is either a British Citizen, a person with ILR / settled status, an EU national with pre-settled status, a refugee, Turkish Businessperson visa holder or Turkish Worker visa holder. Same sex partner visa applications are made according to requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. Same sex partner visa is also known as settlement visa or Appendix FM Partner visa. As a result of an application for entry clearance for same sex partner visa, the applicant is granted initial leave for a period of 33 months. In case of an in-country application for switching into same sex partner visa, the applicant is granted an initial leave for 2.5 years (30 months) and a further extension  is also granted for another 2.5 years (30 months).

A person who completes 5 years under the same sex partner visa 5 years route can apply for ILR as a same sex partner 28 days before completing 5 years. A person who holds same sex partner visa under 10 years route will qualify for ILR 28 days before completing 10 years under same sex partner visa 10 years route or 28 days before completing 10 years of continuous and lawful residence on all types of UK visas.

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Our Services For Same Partner Visa Applications

Our fast track family visa solicitors can provide fast track visa services for following same sex partner visa applications:

Fast Track Visa Service For Same Sex Partner Visa UK

Our specialist team of Fast Track Immigration Solicitors can fast track your UK visa and immigration application to get you decision on your application faster under the Priority Service or 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 fast track immigration solicitors can prepare your application faster and submit your application under the Priority Service or Super Priority Service to get you faster decision on your application.

As Fast Track Immigration Lawyers in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Priority Service or Super Priority Service for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI faster. An application submitted through Priority Service is normally decided within 5 working days and an application submitted through Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours (usually by end of next working day).

Our Fixed Fees For Same Sex 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.

FAQs - ILR As A Same Sex Partner (10 Years Route)

When can I apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route?

You can apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route 28 days before completing 10 years under same sex partner visa (10 years route).

Can I apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route using super priority service?

Yes, you can submit your application for ILR as a same sex partner (10 years route) using super priority service and get decision on your application within 24 hours.

Can I count time spent under 5 years route when I am applying for ILR under same sex partner visa (10 years route)?

If you are on the 10 year route, you can include time you have spent on both the 5 year route and the 10 year route to count towards your continuous residence.

Do I have to meet the financial requirement or minimum income requirement for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route?

There is no financial requirement to succeed in an application for ILR under same sex partner visa (10 years route).

Under which immigration laws can I apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route?

You can apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route by virtue of requirement set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules.

How can I apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route?
Can I apply for ILR under 10 years long residence using SET (LR) form instead of applying for ILR under same sex partner visa 10 years route?

Yes, you can apply for ILR under 10 years long residence using application form SET (LR) instead of ILR under same sex partner visa (10 years route) if you complete your 10 years of continuous and lawful residence in the UK. Your continuous and lwful residence under all types of UK visas is counted towards 10 years long residence to apply for ILR - 10 years long residence.

FAQs - ILR As A Same Sex Partner (5 Years Route)

What form should I complete online to apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route?

You should complete application form SET (M) to apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route.

What is the application process to apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route?

You can apply for ILR when you have completed 5 years in the UK under the Same Sex Partner Visa (5 Years Route). According to Home Office UKVI Guidance, an application for ILR as a same sex partner can be made within 28 days before completion of 5 years residence in the UK under 5 years route.

You can apply for ILR as a same sex partner online using SET (M) form. Upon submission of the online application, the Home Office UKVI fees are paid online and then an appointment for verification of documents and enrolment of biometrics is made online on UKVCAS online portal. All the supporting documents must be uploaded online before biometrics enrolment appointment is attended at the UKVCAS application centre. At the appointment cetnre, the supporting documents uploaded online are verified by the UKVCAS staff and biometrics of the applicant are enrolled.

An applicant for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route receives decision from the UKVI within the service standards of the UKVI for processing of the application. Applicants who apply for ILR using Super Priority Service receive the decision normally within 24 hours and the applicants who have used standard service receive decision normally within 3 to 6 months.

What are useful online sources of information and guidance for ILR as a same sex partner?
When and how can I apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route?

You can apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route by completing application form SET (M) online.

You can apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 year route within 28 days before completion of 5 years residence with leave to remain as a same sex partner under 5 years route.

Can I apply for ILR as a same sex partner after 2.5 years?

No, you cannot apply for ILR as a same sex partner until you have completed 5 years residence in the UK unde 5 years route. Prior to 9 July 2012, it was possible to apply for ILR after 2 years residence in the UK on same sex partner visa but as a result of changes in the Immigration Rules in 2012 the ILR qualifying period for same sex partner visa was changed to 5 years under the 5 years route.

Which English test is required for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route?

You will need to pass the Home Office UKVI approved English test known as IELTS Life Skills at level B1 (listening and speaking only) for your ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route.

Is there a requirement of not being absent from the UK during the qualifying period for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route?

Under the UK immigration Rules, there is no specific provisions with regards to absences from the UK to apply for ILR whilst on same sex partner visa. However, as the same sex partner 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.

The requirement of not being absent for more than 180 days in each year does not apply to ILR application as a same sex partner.

What is the salary requirement for ILR as a same sex partner (5 years route)?

The immigration rules require that an applicant who is applying for ILR a same sex partner under 5 years route with no dependent children should have a combined (applicant's and sponsor's) salaried  income of not less than £18,600 gross per year.

I previously completed 30 months with same sex partner visa under 10 years route and now about to complete 30 months under same sex partner visa 5 years route. Can I apply for ILR now before the expiry of my current same sex partner visa?

You cannot combine time spent under same sex partner visa 10 years route with time under same sex partner visa 5 years route to apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route. You will have to complete 5 years continuously in the UK under same sex partner visa 5 years route and therefore you will have to seek one more extension of same sex partner visa under 5 years route so that you can complete 5 years continuously under same sex partner visa 5 years route to qualify for ILR as a same sex partner.

I am about to complete 5 years in the UK under same sex partner visa (5 years route) to apply for ILR as a same sex partner. My daughter who is step daughter to my partner joined me in the UK a few years ago and would not have completed 5 years at the same time when I complete my 5 years. Can my daughter apply for ILR at the same time when I apply for ILR?

Your daughter can apply for ILR at the same time when you apply for your ILR as a same sex partner. The law does not require your daughter (who is step daughter of your partner) to complete 5 years in the UK to be eligible for ILR.

FAQs - Extension Of Same Sex Partner Visa (10 Years Route)

Do I have to meet the English language and financial requirement for extension of same sex partner visa under 10 years route?

No, you do not have to meet the English language requirement and financial requirement for extension of same sex partner visa under 10 years route.

What form should I use to apply for extension of same sex partner visa under 10 years route?

You should use application form FLR (FP) to apply for renewal of same sex partner visa under 10 years route.

Can I renew my same sex partner visa under 10 years route using Super Priority Service?

Yes, you can apply for renewal of your same sex partner visa under 10 years route through Super Priority Service so that your application is decided by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours.

Will I get in-country right of appeal against the refusal of my application for extension of same sex partner visa of under 10 years route?

You will get in-country right of appeal against the refusal of your same sex partner visa renewal under 10 years route unless the Home Office UKVI certifies your human rights claim to be manifestly unfounded.

How long the Home Office UKVI will take to process my application for same sex partner visa renewal under 10 years route through standard service?

An application for same sex partner visa renewal under 10 years route made through standard service is normally decided by the Home Office UKVI within 3 to 6 months.

An application for extension of same sex partner visa (10 years route) made through Super Priority Service is decided within 24 hours.

What is the difference between same sex partner visa 5 years route and same sex partner visa 10 years route?

There are many differences in same sex partner visa 10 years route and same sex partner visa 5 years route. The main differences include the following:

Qualifying period for ILR

Under same sex partner visa 10 years route, applicant can apply for ILR upon completion of 10 years with leave to remain as a same sex partner. Under same sex partner visa 5 years route, applicant can apply for ILR after 5 years with leave to remain as a same sex partner.

Application Form

An application for leave to remain under same sex partner visa 10 years route is made using application form FLR (FP). An application for leave to remain under same sex partner visa 5 years route is made using application form FLR (M).

English language requiremet

An application for leave to remain under 10 years route does not require the applicant to meet the Englis language requirement. However, an application for leave to remain under 5 years route requires the applicant to meet the English language requirement.

Financial requirement

An application for leave to remain under 10 years route does not require the applicant to meet the financial requirement. However, an application for leave to remain under 5 years route requires the applicant to meet the financial requirement.

EX1 to Appendix FM

An applicant applying for leave to remain as a same sex partner under 10 years is required to meet the requirements of EX1 to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules; but an applicant applying for leave to remain as a same sex partner under 5 years route is not required to meet the requirements of EX1 to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

FAQs - Extension Of Same Sex Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

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

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

Apply Online For Renewal Of Same Sex Partner Visa

The Home Office UKVI website gives you access to the online application form FLR (M) to apply for renewal of same sex 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 same sex 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 same sex 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 same sex 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 same sex 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 same sex partner visa renewal/extension application is not successful?

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

Option to file an appeal against the refusal

You can file an appeal against the refusal of your unmarried 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 same sex 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 same sex partner visa renewal application under 5 years route?

The most common reasons for refusal of same sex 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 UK 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 same sex partner visa extension/renewal take?

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

Standard Service

An application for same sex 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 same sex partner visa under priority service is likely to be decided within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

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

How much does it cost to renew same sex partner visa UK?

The Home Office UKVI fees for renewal of same sex 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 partner visa solicitors can provide legal help and assistance with your application for extension of same sex partner visa (5 years route) on fixed fee basis.

Which English test is required for same sex 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 same sex partner visa under 5 years route.

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

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

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

Under the UK immigration Rules, there is no specified residence requirement for renewal of same sex partner visa. However, as the same sex partner 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 same sex partner visa extension/renewal under 5 years route?

The documents to be submitted in support of the same sex 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 same sex partner visa renewal under 5 years which may include the following:

  • your current and previous passports
  • your biometric residence permit
  • your partner's immigration status documents e.g. British passport or ILR BRP card
  • evidence of relationship with your partner including evidence of cohabitation with your 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 or certificate of dissolution of civil partnership of the applicant or the sponsor, as the case may be, OR the evidence of the relationship with the preivous partner permanently breaking down

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

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

FAQs - Switching Into Same Sex Partner Visa (10 Years Route)

Do I have to meet the English language and financial requirement for switching into same sex partner visa under 10 years route?

No, you do not have to meet the English language requirement and financial requirement for switching into same sex partner visa under 10 years route.

Will I get in-country right of appeal if my FLR (FP) application as a same sex partner under 10 years route is refused by the Home Office UKVI?

Unless your human rights claim is certified by the Home Office UKVI as manifestly unfounded, you will get an in-country right of appeal against the refusal of your FLR (FP) application as a partner.

A decision of the Home Office UKVI to certify the human rights claim as manifestly unfounded and not give in-country right of appeal can be challenged by way of Pre Action Protocol and Judicial Review (JR).

What is the cost of switching into same sex partner visa 10 years route?

The Home Office UKVI fees for switching into same sex partner visa 10 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

In addition to the Home Office UKVI fees for switching into same sex partner visa under 10 years route, you will also have to pay the solicitors legal costs if you are getting legal help and assistance of a solicitor for switching into same sex partner visa under 10 years route. 

Our family visa solicitors can represent you in your application for a fixed fee.

Can I switch from same sex partner visa 10 years route to same sex partner visa 5 years route?

Any time during the validity of leave to remain as same sex partner under 10 years route, the applicant can switch into same sex partner visa under the 5 years route so that he can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after spending 5 years on same sex partner visa rather than 10 years under the same sex partner visa. It is always better to make such application for switching from 10 years route to 5 years route as early as possible so that the qualifying time for ILR under the 5 years route can start as soon as you have switched into 5 years route. We can provide Super Priority Service for switching from 10 years route to 5 years route.

For how long will I be granted leave to remain as a same sex partner under 10 years route?

If your application for switching into same sex partner visa under the 10 years route is successful, you will be granted leave to remain in the UK for 30 months. You will need to complete 10 years in the UK with leave to remain as a same sex partner before you can apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 10 years route.

FAQs - Switching Into Same Sex Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

What is the cohabitation requirement for switching into same sex partner visa?

To apply for switching into same sex partner visa, you and your partner must have been living together as a couple in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years.

When can I apply for switching into same sex partner visa?

Once you have completed  at least 2 years of cohabitation with your same sex partner, you can apply for switching into same sex partner visa from inside the UK any time during the validity of your current leave to remain or visa. You do not necessarily have to wait until 28 days before the expiry of your current leave rather it is better to switch earlier, if possible, so that your qualifying time for ILR can start as soon you have switched into 5 years route.

How much does it cost to switch into same sex partner visa?

The Home Office UKVI fees for switching into same sex 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

In addition to the Home Office UKVI fees for switching into same sex partner visa under 5 years route, you will also have to pay the solicitors legal costs if you are getting legal help and assistance of a solicitor for switcing into same sex partner visa under 5 years route. We charge a fixed fee for helping with an application for switching into same sex partner visa (5 years route).

Can I switch from student visa to same sex partner visa (5 years route) from inside the UK?

Yes, you can apply for switching from Student visa to same sex partner visa (5 years route) from inside the UK after you have lived together with your same sex partner for at least 2 years in a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership.

Can I switch from Skilled Worker visa to same sex partner visa from inside the UK?

Yes, a Skilled Worker migrant who has lived with the UK same sex partner for at least two years can switch from Skilled Worker visa to same sex partner visa (5 years route) from inside the UK.

Can I switch from T5 Temporary Worker visa to same sex partner visa?

Yes, a T5 Temporary Worker who has been cohabiting with the UK same sex partner for at least 2 years can switch from T5 Temporary Worker visa to same sex partner visa (5 years route) from inside the UK.

What is the processing time for switching into same sex partner visa (5 years route)?

The processing time for switching into same sex partner visa (5 years route) is dependent on the type of service you use to apply for switching into same sex partner visa. The processing times for switching into same sex partner visa (5 years route) are as follows:

Standard Service

An application for switching into same sex partner visa under standard service is likely to be decided by the Home Office UKVI within 3 to 6 months.

Priority Service

An application for switching into same sex partner visa under priority service is likely to be decided within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

An application for switching into same sex partner visa under the Super Priority Service is likely to be decided within 24 hours.

What is the English level required for switching into same sex partner visa?

You should meet the English language requirement at level A1 of CEFR in listening and speaking only for switching into same sex partner visa.

FAQs - Entry Clearance For Same Sex Partner Visa UK

How can I apply for same sex partner visa entry clearance from outside the UK?

You can apply for same partner visa entry clearance online from outside the UK. Upon completion and submission of the online form for same sex partner visa entry clearance UK, the same sex partner visa entry clearance fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is paid online.  An appointment is booked with the UK visa Application Centre for the enrolment of biometrics and submission of the Applicant's passport at the designated UK visa application centre in the country of residence of the applicant. All the supporting documents in support of the same sex partner visa application are then uploaded online. Before the expiry of initial 33 months same sex partner visa, the applicant can apply for extension/renewal of same sex partner visa under 5 years route so that the applicant can complete 5 years on same sex partner visa and apply for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route.

What are the useful links for same sex partner visa entry clearance?
For how long the same sex partner visa is granted as a result of a successful entry clearance application?

You will be granted entry clearance vignette for 90 days to be able to ener the UK. You will then collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BPR) which will show your same sex partner visa valid for 33 months.

What are various sources of meeting the financial requirement for same sex partner visa?

Where the applicant has to meet the minimum income threshold, the financial requirement can generally be met in the following 5 ways:

  • Income from salaried or non-salaried employment of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category A or Category B, depending on the employment history.
  • Non-employment income, e.g. income from property rental or dividends from shares. This is referred to as Category C.
  • Cash savings of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant, above £16,000, held by the partner and/or the applicant for at least 6 months and under their control. This is referred to as Category D.
  • State (UK or foreign), occupational or private pension of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant. This is referred to as Category E.
  • Income from self-employment, and income as a director or employee of a specified limited company in the UK, of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category F or Category G, depending on which financial year(s) is or are being relied upon.
What is evidence flexibility for financial requirement?

The evidential flexibility is set out in paragraph D of Appendix FM-SE. Under Appendix FM-SE, there is discretion for decision-makers to defer an application pending submission of missing evidence or the correct version of it, within a reasonable deadline set for this. Decision-makers will not have to defer where they do not think that correcting the error or omission will lead to a grant.

Decision-makers are also able to grant an application despite minor evidential problems (but not where specified evidence is missing entirely). There is also discretion for decision-makers where evidence cannot be supplied because it is not issued in a particular country or has been permanently lost. Decision-makers have general discretion to request additional information or evidence before making a decision.

What documents do I need to apply for same sex partner visa entry clearance?

The documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the same sex partner visa entry clearance for UK varies from case to case depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant and the UK sponsor. Our fast track family visa solicitors can provide you with a comprehensive list of supporting documents after fully assessing the personal circumstances of the applicant and the UK sponsor.

How long does a UK same sex partner visa entry clearance application take?

The processing time of the same sex partner visa entry clearance application are as follows:

Standard Service

An application under standard service is decided normally within 24 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Priority Service

An application under Priority Service is normally decided within 6 to 8 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Super Priority Service

An applicaton for same sex partner visa entry clearance under Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre. The Super Priority Service is not available from most of the countries at present.

Will I get right to appeal against the refusal decision if my same sex partner visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

If your same seex partner visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), you will get a right of appeal to challenge the refusal of your same sex partner visa entry clearance application. You should file appeal against the refusal of same sex partner visa within 28 days after receiving the refusal decision.

Will I be allowed to work in the UK on same sex partner visa?

Yes, you will have right to work full time whilst living in the UK on same sex partner visa. You can be employed or self-employed whilst in the UK on same sex partner visa.

How soon can I apply for the renewal of my same sex partner visa which was granted from outside the UK?

The earliest you can apply for the extension / renewal of your same sex partner visa which was granted from outside the UK is 28 days before completing 30 months in the UK starting from your first entry date on same sex partner visa. Our fast track family visa lawyers can fast track your application for same sex partner visa renewal and get decision on your same sex partner visa renewal application within 24 hours.