The de-facto or the unmarried partner visa allows a UK based citizen to bring his or her unmarried partner from other countries to the UK. The only condition they have to fulfill that they have been in a committed relationship with the British Citizen for a minimum of two years. The De-facto Visa entitles couples and same sex couples the same rights and benefits as those who are married or living in a Civil Partnership to get a Partner Visa. The visa permits a two year probationary period in the UK with an option of applying for indefinite leave to remain or subsequently UK nationality after two years. However, the couple must be cohabiting for a minimum of two years before they apply for the probationary period. Under immigration laws, both heterosexual and homosexual candidates are treated equally with no restriction to work in the UK. All applicants must obtain clearance before entering the UK or applications will be refused.
Requirements to be fulfilled:
In order to qualify for the unmarried partner visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:
The sponsors may meet the level of the financial requirement applicable to their application through employment, self employment, cash savings, director of a company, rental income, etc.
All the categories have separate set of documents which need to be submitted with the application based specified as to:
(a) the permitted sources of income/savings; and
(b) the time periods and permitted combinations of sources applicable to each
permitted source relied upon; and
(c) the evidence required for each permitted source relied upon.
Exceptions to Financial Requirement
If your sponsor is in receipt of any of the below then you are not required to meet the financial requirement
Benefits of UK De Facto Visa/unmarried partner visa:
The Unmarried Partner Visa allows a person who is permanently settled in the UK to bring his/her foreign national partner to live with. In order to obtain this visa the applicants is required to prove that they have been in a relationship similar to that of a marriage for at least two years. This visa is applicable to unmarried partners regardless of whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. Both are treated equal.
Foreign national partner is the entitled to work in the UK without any restrictions, however it is essential that the applicant obtains entry clearance before travelling to the UK. Without this, all individuals wishing to come to the UK to settle with their UK partner will be denied entry. Entry clearance grants the applicant permission to enter the UK for a probationary period of two years and thereafter they can apply to settle in the country. In some cases a settlement entry clearance is granted allowing the foreign partner to enter the UK permanently.
§The applicants are not required to be married.