Partner Visa

Whether you’re looking to apply for the first time or aiming to renew your partner visa, Latitude Law is well placed to help you secure the right to live with your family member in the UK.

Since 2007, our team of experienced immigration solicitors have been successfully reuniting thousands of couples and providing qualified EEA nationals with the opportunity to live, work, and join family in the UK.

We understand how stressful it can be to be separated from your loved one, and that is why our team will work closely with both parties to ensure that you understand every stage of the application process.

Latitude Law assists at all stages, from visits to initial partner applications, from extensions all the way through to settlement. Call our team on 0044 161 234 6800 or complete our contact form and we will get in touch at a time that is convenient for you.


What is a Partner Visa?

A Partner Visa, also known as a UK Marriage Visa or a Spouse Visa, is a type of settlement visa that provides the romantic partner of a (settled) UK resident with the opportunity to come to the UK to be with their loved one.

Often referred to as a spouse visa, the initial visa is usually for two and a half years, which can then be extended by another two and a half years so that the settlement target of five years can be reached.

Who can apply for a Partner Visa?

To qualify for a partner visa, both parties must be over the age of 18, and the UK-based partner must be a British citizen, have settlement or proof of permanent residence, or have refugee status or humanitarian protection within the UK.

For the relationship to be accepted, you must be able to show a valid marriage or civil partnership, an engagement to marry or form a civil partnership, or cohabitation as unmarried partners for at least two years.

Those hoping to qualify for a partner visa will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to hold a conversation in English, and submit to formal English language testing
  • The UK sponsor will need a minimum household income of £18,600, or savings totalling at least £62,500
  • Have the intention to live together permanently in a genuine and subsisting relationship

Applicants who are engaged to be married/form a civil partnership face a slightly different application process. They must enter the UK initially for a six-month period only, during which time there is no permission to work and no access to free healthcare. During that six-month visa, the couple must marry/form a civil partnership, and the applicant may then apply in-country for full partner status.

Applicants may bring their children to the UK with them. All dependents must be under the age of 18 and be solely in the applicant’s care. Note that adding children to the application can impact the financial requirement.

What is needed to apply for a Partner Visa?

When looking for a partner visa, it is important to first ensure that all the application criteria has been met. The documents required may include:

  • A valid passport or another travel document, with a blank page to put the visa
  • Evidence of the identity of the UK-resident sponsor
  • Proof that the relationship is genuine and subsisting. This may involve providing evidence of time spent together, or of the breakdown of previous relationships, such as photographs and messages
  • Evidence of the sponsor’s UK income
  • Proof of available UK accommodation
  • Confirmation that the applicant satisfies English language requirements
  • Tuberculosis test results if arriving from a country where the test is required

How can I apply?

Whether applying overseas or in the UK, applications should be submitted online. Most applicants will then need to attend an in-person appointment at an application centre, to enrol biometric data.

Supporting documents can be submitted online, although some applicants may need to surrender their passport while the application is processed.

How can we help you with your Partner Visa application?

When you apply for something as important as a partner visa, you need to know that you are in safe hands.

With over 15 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of UK immigration law, our team of expert solicitors will work with you and your partner to ensure that your application stands the best chance of success. Latitude Law is well placed to help you navigate every stage of the immigration process. Learn more about how we can help you after you have submitted your application with our UK visa application status services.

Contact Us

To learn more about how Latitude Law can help you, call our team on 0044 161 234 6800 or complete our contact form and we will get in touch at a time that is convenient for you.

Spouse Visa FAQs

How long is a Partner Visa valid?

Usually, two and a half years, although it depends on whether the applicant is an established partner or a fiancé. All applicants will need to make at least one extension application in the UK before they can qualify for settlement

Is a Partner Visa still valid if the relationship ends?

A partner visa is not automatically cancelled if a relationship comes to an end, but the visa obviously can be cancelled if the individual no longer qualifies for it. In that scenario, some time is usually given for an alternative application to be made.

What should I do if my application is refused?

If your partner visa application has been refused, you have 28 days to appeal against the decision if you are outside of the UK. For those already in the UK, you would have 14 days to make your appeal.

If you receive a refusal decision, our experienced immigration solicitors can help you to understand what has gone wrong and what steps you can take to fix it.

At Latitude Law, we understand how stressful the prospect of being separated from your loved ones can be. Get in touch with our team on 0044 161 234 6800 or complete our contact form to learn more about how we can support you through the process.

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