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How much is a Civil Partnership Visa UK?

The Civil Partnership Visa UK cost depends on where you are applying from. If you are applying within the UK, you have to pay an application fee of £1,048 (£1,258 from 24 July 2024) per person and £1,846 if you are outside the UK.

You also must pay for the IHS fee (immigration health surcharge). For each adult (18 and older):

  • £2,587.50 if you stay for 2 years and 6 months (applying from within the UK).
  • £3105 if you stay for 2 years and 9 months (applying from outside the UK).

For each child (under 18) you must pay:

  • £1940 for 2 years and 6 months stay.
  • £2328 for 2 years and 9 months stay.

You can calculate the exact cost yourself using this online calculator.

Civil Partner Visas

How long does it take to get a UK Visit Visa after biometrics?

Your application for a Civil Partnership Visa usually takes up to 24 weeks from your visit to the Visa Application Centre.

However, please note that it may take slightly longer if one of the following circumstances applies:

  • UKVI is under a high workload, especially during peak seasons.
  • You are asked to provide additional information or supporting documents.
  • Your immigration case is complex, or additional issues are involved in establishing your visa eligibility.

If you wish to expedite your application, we may secure the Super Priority Service (£1000) in the UK or the Priority Service (£500) abroad. 

Civil Partner Visas

What to do in case of visa refusal?

If your application for a Civil Partnership Visa in the UK has been refused, you usually have the right to appeal. It is possible only if you are not the holder of another visa that allows you to live and work in the country.

The appeal is considered in the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in Great Britain.

If you are in the UK, you and your partner can attend the hearing and give evidence. The presence of one of the partners in the court is sufficient, so the appeal will be considered even if you are outside the country. You can also provide written witness statements and evidence.

Reviewing an appeal in immigration cases can take several months, and the result is not guaranteed. To avoid facing a long and unpredictable appeal process, submit the strongest application with robust supporting documents the first time. If you still receive a refusal, seek legal support and representation from qualified and experienced immigration professionals. It will greatly increase your chances of having your appeal approved.

Civil Partner Visas

Where to apply for a Civil Partner Visa in the UK?

To obtain a Civil Partnership Visa in the UK, you must start the application process online via the Home Office (UKVI) website or a visa application centre in your country: the process may differ depending on your location and any special needs. It is essential to familiarise yourself with the requirements and procedures for obtaining a permit before applying.

Civil Partner Visas

How to apply for a British Civil Partner Visa?

To apply for a Civil Partnership Visa, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Check if you are eligible for a Proposed Civil Partner or Civil Partner Visa.
  2. Prepare the necessary package of documents.
  3. Complete the online application (it will vary depending on whether you are applying from within the UK or from outside the UK, so please review the form carefully to see which one is right for you).
  4. Pay the application fee, including the immigration health surcharge (IHS).
  5. Upload the collected documents to the application portal.
  6. Make an appointment at UKVCAS or a local visa centre to submit your biometric data (fingerprints, digital photograph).

In some cases, you may be scheduled for an interview at the UK Home Office.

Civil Partner Visas

How long can I stay in the UK with an Unmarried Partner Visa?

Unmarried Partner Visa holders can stay in the UK for 33 months if the application was made outside the country, or 30 months if inside the UK. In addition, you have the right to extend your visa, and you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 5 years.

Unmarried Partner and Same-sex Partner Visa

How long does it take to get a UK Unmarried Partner Visa?

For Entry Clearance applications outside the UK, they are usually reviewed within 12 weeks of submission. However, you can use the Priority visa service if you need to obtain a permit in a shorter time. Most visa centres offer this option, however the availability and cost may differ. Your application will be reviewed within 30 working days.

If you are applying in-country from the UK and want to either change your immigration status to an Unmarried Partner Visa or extend your stay on this visa, then you have several options. If you apply through the standard service, a decision will normally be made within 8 weeks. However, if you use the UK's Super Priority service, you will receive a decision within one day after submitting your biometric data.

Unmarried Partner and Same-sex Partner Visa

What is the difference between Unmarried Partner Visa and Spouse Visa?

The main difference lies in the legal status of the relationship. The Spouse Visa is for married partners, and the Unmarried Partner Visa is for couples, including same-sex couples, who are in a long-term relationship of at least 2 years but not legally married.

Unmarried Partner and Same-sex Partner Visa

How to apply for a UK Unmarried Partner Visa?

To apply for this Visa, you must complete the online form, pay the fees, and if required, make an appointment at the visa centre to submit your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph). It is also necessary to provide comprehensive documents confirming the genuine relationship with your partner and how you meet the other relevant immigration rules.

Unmarried Partner and Same-sex Partner Visa

Where to apply for a UK Unmarried Partner Visa?

The application is usually submitted online through the UK Home Office website. Thereafter, you will need to attend the Biometric Appointment at a local service centre or at the Visa Application centre (VAC) in your country.

Unmarried Partner and Same-sex Partner Visa

Can I check my UK visa status online?

Yes, you can check your visa status and prove your right to work or rent using the Home Office’s online verification service.

BNO Visa

Can you work in the UK with a BNO Visa?

Yes, you can work in the UK as an employee or self-employed.

BNO Visa

Is BNO a Tier 1?

No, the BNO Visa is a special concession to qualifying Hong Kong residents. The Tier 1 visas have now been replaced with similar Business Visas such as the Innovator Founder Visa, Global Talent Visa and more

BNO Visa

What is the BNO 5+1 Visa?

BNO 5+1 is another name for the BNO Visa. Its holders can receive PR (permanent residence) in 5 years and British citizenship in +1 year.BN

BNO Visa
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