Many people often worry about this issue, and sometimes they are given poor advice about rushing a marriage in the belief that this will automatically strengthen their visa application. The legal rights of unmarried couples has changed a lot over recent years in the UK, and this reflected in immigration policy, too. It is possible to get a visa as an unmarried couple, but it is important that you meet Eligibility criteria outlined by the UKVI.
However, UK immigration law is very complicated and always changing, so it is difficult to keep up-to-date with the requirements and eligibility to apply. All of the general information is available online, but there are many small details in the full rules that require the keen eye of a qualified solicitor.
Why are UK visas are difficult to get right?
The UK prides itself on the multi-cultural society that has enriched the country for years. At the same time, it has to place strict guidelines on visa applications in order to limit the number of people coming to the country for any reason, and especially when that involves work, study or potentially permanent settlement. The UKVI (Home Office) will never take the time to get to know you and your individual circumstances like we will: they will just look for the slightest mistake on a visa application which will almost certainly lead to it being refused. As soon as you have had one refusal, appeals and future applications become increasingly more complicated. UK Immigration Solicitors have a clear goal: to achieve a successful visa application on the first attempt. We are market-leaders in this industry because everyone who comes to us is provided with a bespoke service, tailored to their individual needs. Working in close partnership with you, we can ensure that your application is prepared in full detail, meeting all the eligibility criteria in order to satisfy the UKVI guidelines. You can be absolutely confident when dealing with us that we have you and your family’s best interests in mind, and that everyone receives the same service no matter where they are in the world.
Your partner or family member must have one of the following:
settlement in the UK;
asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK.
You must also prove that:
you’re 18 or over, unless you’re applying as a child;
your relationship to your family member is genuine and recognised in the UK;
you intend to continue living with your family member or partner in the UK after you apply (unless you’re a parent who has access to the child);
you and your family will have an adequate place to live in the UK;
you have a good knowledge of English if you’re 18 or over – unless you’re applying as an adult dependent relative.
Your application might be refused if, for example, you’ve:
got a criminal record in the UK or in another country;
provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office.
You must also meet the financial requirement of:
£18,600 per year if you’re applying only for yourself;
£22,400 per year for you and one child;
£2,400 per year for each additional child.
You won’t need to prove you have this money if you or your partner get certain disability benefits or Carer’s Allowance, but you’ll need to adequately accommodate and support yourselves and any dependents. We can advise you on your financial eligibility in much greater detail as there are additional complex calculations that can be made if you do not meet the income threshold. Call us now to find out more about this issue.
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