You may be eligible to join your ‘present and settled’ partner in the United Kingdom, providing that you fulfil strict immigration criteria. Partners must be 18 or over and prove that they are in a ‘genuine relationship’. You can either be;

  • Married
  • In a civil partnership
  • Or have been living together for at least 2 years in a genuine relationship

Taking the 5 year route Since the 9th July 2012, those wishing to enter or remain in the United Kingdom under the partner route, will be provided with stay of up to 5 years, at which point you can qualify for settlement. Should you have entered the UK in the partner route prior to the 9th July, you may still be able to qualify for settlement after 2 years. To join your partner in the United Kingdom, you must, meet very specific requirements including suitability requirements, i.e. you must not have any current or previous unspent criminal convictions. Partners applying are also required to prove that they are conducive to the public good. For more information on the meaning of ‘public good’, please contact us. Once you have met the initial suitability requirements, you must meet the eligibility requirements, i.e.

There are two main ways in which the financial requirements can be met;

  • If you are earning the equivalent of £18,600 per annum in earned income. This will increase for each non-settled child, who is dependant on you and your partner.
  • Having a level of cash savings above £16,000 for at least 6 months prior to the application date. These savings can be calculated according to any other earned income you may have.

Please note, if the source of income is only from your own income (applicant), it should have been derived legally from the UK over at least the last 6 months.

Proving that you have a good knowledge of the English language (unless you are from a majority English speaking country). Evidence can be shown from passing a recognised degree taught in the English language, or, by completing an accepted English language test.