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Spouses, Civil Partners and Unmarried Partners

AQ Archers > Immigration > Spouses, Civil Partners and Unmarried Partners

Immigration Spouses, Civil Partners and Unmarried Partners

The UK family Visa scheme enables individuals from outside of the EEA to live with their UK based spouse or partner. As a London based law firm, AQ Archers understands how difficult it can be to be separated from your loved one and how important it is for your relationship and family to be together. We can assist with all aspects of your spouse or partner Visa application, whether you are currently outside of the UK or you are already in the country.

If you engage our services, we will manage all aspects of your family Visa application on your behalf. This includes listening to the facts of your case, advising on your eligibility, flagging and recommending a solution to any potential problems, confirming the documents needed, creating and submitting your application, and handling any queries.


Am I eligible for a Spouse or Partner Visa?

In order to be eligible to apply as a partner, you will need to show that:

  • you and your partner are 18 or over
  • your partner is a British citizen, has settled in the UK (they will need to have permanent residence), or has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK

When you apply, you will need to provide evidence that you are in a civil partnership or marriage recognised in the UK, or you have both been together in a relationship for at least two years.

If you are planning to get married or enter into a civil partnership with a UK citizen or resident within six months of arriving, you can still apply.

If you don’t meet any of these requirements, you may still be able to apply if:

  • you have a child in the UK who is a British citizen
  • you have a child in the UK who has lived in the UK for seven years or more
  • there would be very significant difficulties for you and your partner if you lived together as a couple outside the UK
  • it would breach your human rights to stop you coming to the UK or make you leave

If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, it is important to seek the advice of an immigration Solicitor before submitting your application. Doing so will provide you with the confidence that your application has the best chance of success.


How long can I stay in the UK on a spouse or partner family Visa?

Under the present immigration rules, if your application is accepted, you will be able to remain for 2.5 years. If you are applying as a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner, you will be allowed to stay for six months. In either scenario, you can then apply to extend your stay.


Why should I engage AQ Archers to assist with my spouse or partner application?

It is vital to ensure that your spouse or partner application is correct first time and gives you the optimal chance of a positive outcome. We understand what the UK Home Office is looking for from spouse and partner applicants, and where we see a potential weakness in your application, we will quickly advise you on the steps necessary to resolve it.

Our team understands that you are busy with your life, work/business, and family life. As such, you can be assured that by using our services, we will lift the burden of securing the necessary immigration clearance from your shoulders, allowing you the opportunity to focus on what is truly important.

Once you have received your family Visa, we can also advise on how you can gain permanent residency, and ultimately, British Citizenship.


Can AQ Archers assist with the refusal of a spouse or partner family Visa?

Yes, we have assisted many applicants who have had their spouse or partner family refused, to secure a positive decision. Because our team have a forensic knowledge of the guidelines followed by Home Office case officers, we will focus in on the problem area/s, and recommend a plan of action to resolve the matter, whether this is in the form of a resubmitted application, appeal, Administrative Review, or a Judicial Review. In our experience, most adverse decisions are quickly overturned when we write to the Home Office to robustly challenge a decision made.


AQ Archers, based in London, can assist you with all aspects of obtaining ILR based on long residence for you and your family. To speak to one of our consultants, please call 020 8521 2605.

Our lawyers will also represent you in civil litigation cases such as divorce.