If you are already in the UK on another type of UK visa from which switching into unmarried partner visa is permitted, you can apply for switching into unmarried partner visa (5 years route) as an unmarried partner of a qualifying UK partner if you meet the eligibility requirements for switching into unmarried partner visa.

You will be considered as an unmarried partner of the UK sponsor if you and your UK partner have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage for at least 2 years.

The application for switching into unmarried partner visa under 5 years route is made in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. If you meet all the requirements as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, you will be granted 30 months (2.5 years) leave to remain under partner visa - 5 years route. Those applicants who cannot meet all the requirements for switching into unmarried partner visa under 5 years route, they can apply for switching into unmarried partner visa under 10 years route.

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Our specialist family visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the applications for switching into unmarried partner visa. We can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for switching into unmarried partner visa under 5 years route. Our expert team of family visa solicitors can provide super prioirty service (decision within 24 hours) for your application for switching into unmarried partner visa from inside the UK. 

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 Switching Into Unmarried Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

Requirements for switching into unmarried partner visa under 5 years route from inside the UK include the following:

  • Immigration status requirement: The applicant must not be in the UK
    • as a visitor; or
    • with valid leave granted for a period of 6 months or less, unless that leave is as a fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner, or was granted pending the outcome of family court or divorce proceedings
  • Relationship requirement: The applicant must be the unmarried partner (must have lived together for at least 2 years) 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 switching into unmarried partner visa;
  • Age requirement: Both the applicant and the UK partner must be aged 18 or over;
  • 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 switching into 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 A1 as required by the UK Immigration Rules.

Switching From Unmarried Partner Visa (10 Years Route) To Unmarried Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

If you are in the UK under unmarried partner visa (10 years route), you can apply for switching into unmarried partner visa (5 years route) at any time during the validity of your leave under 10 years route. You should ideally switch into 5 years route as soon as you meet the financial requirement and the English language requirement. Your time for ILR under 5 years route will start from the date you are granted initial leave under 5 years route and all the time you spent under 10 years route cannot be combined with time spent under 10 years route. We can prepare and submit your application through Super Priority Service so that you get a decision on your application within 24 hours.

Financial Requirement For Switching Into Unmarried 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 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 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 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 - Switching Into Unmarried Partner Visa (5 Years Route)

What is the cohabitation requirement for switching into unmarried partner visa?

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

When can I apply for switching into unmarried partner visa?

Once you have completed  at least 2 years of cohabitation with your partner, you can apply for switching into unmarried 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 unmarried partner visa?

The Home Office UKVI fees for switching into unmarried 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 unmarried 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 unmarried partner visa under 5 years route. We charge a fixed fee for helping with an application for switching into unmarried partner visa (5 years route).

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

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

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

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

Can I switch from T5 Temporary Worker visa to unmarried partner visa?

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

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

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

Standard Service

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

Super Priority Service

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

What is the financial requirement for switching into unmarried partner visa?

To apply for switching into unmarried partner visa, you or your partner or both of you together,  should be working and earning not less than £18,600 gross per year if you are applying for unmarried partner visa with no dependent children.

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

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