As an unmarried partner, you may be eligible to apply for ILR if you have lived in the UK on an unmarried partner visa for at least 5 continuous years. Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a common way to settle in the UK. It is also known as 'settlement'.

To be eligible for ILR under this route, you must have lived in the UK for at least five years and have continuously maintained your relationship with your partner during this time. You must also meet other eligibility requirements, such as the financial requirement, English language requirement, and not having breached any immigration laws during your stay in the UK.

If you are granted ILR under the 5-year route, you will be able to stay in the UK indefinitely, work without any restrictions, and access public funds. You may also be eligible to apply for British citizenship after holding ILR for a certain period of time.

UK immigration rules and requirements are subject to change, so it is always best to consult with a qualified immigration solicitor for the most up-to-date information.

If you are applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as an unmarried partner, our team of immigration solicitors can provide you with the help you need. Call us on 0203 417 3700 for legal advice and assistance with your ILR application.

Page Contents

  1. ILR as an Unmarried Partner
  2. What are the requirements for ILR as an Unmarried Partner?
  3. What documents are required for ILR application as an Unmarried Partner?
  4. How long does it take to process an ILR application?
  5. Super Priority Service for ILR applications
  6. Priority Service for ILR applications
  7. Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application fee
  8. Indefinite leave to remain solicitors in London
  9. Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  10. Need Legal Advice & Assistance?

What are the requirements for ILR as an Unmarried Partner?

To apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as an Unmarried Partner in the UK, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have lived in the UK for at least two years on a valid visa as an Unmarried Partner.
  • You must have a valid and subsisting relationship with your partner, who should be either a British citizen, a settled person, or a person with refugee status or humanitarian protection.
  • You must not have breached any immigration laws during your stay in the UK, and you must not have any criminal convictions.
  • You must meet the English language requirement at the B1 level in speaking and listening.
  • You must pass the Life in the UK test, which will assess your knowledge of British traditions, customs, and history.
  • You must meet the financial requirement, which depends on the income and savings of your partner.

That this is not an exhaustive list of requirements, and there may be additional criteria that you need to meet. It is recommended that you seek professional advice before applying for ILR.

What documents are required for ILR application as an Unmarried Partner?

To apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK as an unmarried partner, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Your valid passport or travel document.
  • Evidence of your current immigration status, such as your biometric residence permit or visa.
  • You will need to provide evidence that you have been living together with your partner for at least two years. This can include joint tenancy agreements, utility bills in both your names, bank statements, and official letters addressed to both of you.
  • You will need to provide evidence that you are in a genuine and subsisting relationship with your partner. This can include photographs together, correspondence between you and your partner, and evidence of joint activities and holidays.
  • You will need to provide evidence that you have met the B1 level of English language proficiency, such as an English language test certificate.
  • You will need to provide a certificate showing that you have passed the Life in the UK test.
  • You or your partner may need to provide evidence of meeting the financial requirement, such as wage slips, bank statements, or tax returns.

Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to provide additional documents.

How long does it take to process an ILR application?

You will usually get a decision from Home Office (UKVI) within 6 months if you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) using the standard service. You might be able to use “Super Priority Service” or “Priority Service” to get a faster decision.

Super Priority Service for ILR applications

You may be able to apply for ILR as an unmarried partner using the “Super Priority Service” to get a faster decision by the end of the next working day (within 24 hours). You will need to pay £800 in addition to the ILR application fee.

Priority Service for ILR applications

You may be able to choose the “Priority Service” when you apply for ILR as an unmarried partner to get a faster decision within 5 working days. You will need to pay £500 in addition to the ILR application fee.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application fee

Currently, Home Office (UKVI) fee for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application is £2,404 per applicant, if you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) using the standard service. You can include your dependants (partner and children) on the same application form if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Indefinite leave to remain solicitors in London

Our team of immigration solicitors in London will be able to assist you with any type of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application.

Immigration solicitors at Wembley Solicitors will:

  • Provide detailed immigration advice.
  • Assess your circumstances and eligibility for a UK visa application.
  • Explain the entire UK visa application process.
  • Give you a completed checklist of documents according to the type of visa application and your circumstances.
  • Check all the supporting documents to ensure that they are sufficient and in the correct format.
  • Fill out the complete application form and prepare detailed representations/cover letter for the Home Office UKVI about the Immigration Rules.
  • Book an appointment for you to enrol your biometrics.
  • Upload all the supporting documents.
  • Liaise with the Home Office UKVI throughout the process until we receive the decision.
  • Keep you updated with every stage of your visa or immigration application.

Contact our immigration solicitors in Wembley, London on 020 3417 3700 or fill in the enquiry form for immediate legal advice & assistance with your UK visa application.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application as an unmarried partner 28 days before the expiry of your unmarried partner visa.

You do not need to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) fee if you apply for indefinite leave to remain or British citizenship.

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