Unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or settled person
This section explains whether and how you can come to or remain in the UK if you are the unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person settled here.
If you are subject to immigration control and you are the unmarried or same-sex partner of a British citizen or person who is settled here, this category allows you to enter or remain in the UK. The relationship may be a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, but you must not be related by blood.
The requirements and process for applying as an unmarried or same-sex partner are the same as those for a Partner but the documents you must provide will be different. For more information, see the Documents required page.
You do not need to apply under this category if:
- you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland - the European nationals section describes your right to live in the UK;
- you are the non-European family member of an EEA or Swiss national - the European nationals section explains whether you need to apply for a family permit;
- you are a British overseas territories citizen, unless you are from one of the sovereign base areas in Cyprus; or
- you have no conditions or time limit attached to your stay.
If you made an application to enter the UK on or before 8 July 2012 please see the Unmarried or same-sex partners who applied on or before 8 July 2012 pages.
MORE NEWS AND UPDATES
- Approved English language tests for partners
- Changes to document requirements
- Our application forms are changing
- Minimum income threshold for family migrants
This term normally applies to a person who is in the United Kingdom under a category of the immigration rules that imposes restrictions on them, for example how long they can stay in the country and whether or not they can work.