You can apply for ILR as an unmarried partner under 5 years route 28 days before completing 5 years under unmarried partner visa (5 years route). An application for ILR as an unmarried partner under 5 years route is made online using application form SET (M). The application will be considered by the Home Office UKVI in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules

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

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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 ILR As An Unmarried Partner (5 Years Route)

Requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as an unmarried partner under 5 years route from inside the UK include the following:

  • 5 Years Residence: The applicant can apply for Indefinite Leave to remain 28 days before completing 5 years in the UK under unmarried partner visa (5 years route). The applicant must have completed the required qualifying period of 4 years 11 months and 2 days at the time of online submission of the application for ILR as an unmarried partner;
  • Immigration status requirement: The applicant must be currently in the UK under unmarried partner visa and should apply for ILR prior to the expiry of his/her leave. 
  • Relationship requirement: The applicant must be the unmarried 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 relationship should be provided in support of the application for ILR as an unmarried partner;
  • 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 unmarried 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 B1 as required by the UK Immigration Rules.
  • Life In The UK Test Requirement: The applicant must meet the Life in the UK test requirement.

Financial Requirement For ILR As An Unmarried Partner (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 B1 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.

Life In The UK Test Requirement

The applicant must pass the Life in the UK test in order to apply for ILR as an unmarried partner under 5 years route unless you are over the age of 65 or you are seeking exemption from this requirement due to medical reasons.

Our Fixed Fees For Unmarried 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 - ILR As Unmarried Partner (5 Years Route)

What form should I complete online to apply for ILR as an unmarried partner under 5 years route?

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

What is the application process to apply for ILR as an unmarried partner under 5 years route?

You can apply for ILR when you have completed 5 years in the UK under the Unmarried Partner Visa (5 Years Route). According to Home Office UKVI Guidance, an application for ILR as an unmarried 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 an unmarried 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 an unmarried 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 an unmarried partner?
When and how can I apply for ILR as an unmarried partner under 5 years route?

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

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

Can I apply for ILR as an unmarried partner after 2.5 years?

No, you cannot apply for ILR as an unmarried 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 unmarried partner visa but as a result of changes in the Immigration Rules in 2012 the ILR qualifying period for unmarried partner visa was changed to 5 years under the 5 years route.

Which English test is required for ILR as an unmarried 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 an unmarried partner under 5 years route.

Is there a requirement of not being absent from the UK during the qualifying period for ILR as an unmarried 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 unmarried partner visa. However, as the unmarried 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 an unmarried partner.

What is the salary requirement for ILR as an unmarried partner (5 years route)?

The immigration rules require that an applicant who is applying for ILR as unmarried 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 unmarried partner visa under 10 years route and now about to complete 30 months under unmarried partner visa 5 years route. Can I apply for ILR now before the expiry of my current unmarried partner visa?

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

I am about to complete 5 years in the UK under unmarried partner visa (5 years route) to apply for ILR as an unmarried 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 an unmarried 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.