Our solicitors and barristers recently received the wonderful news that our client’s (the Applicant) Unmarried Partner extension application had been granted. This was the second application our immigration team had assisted the Applicant preparing. Our immigration team had previously prepared the Applicant’s initial Unmarried Partner application and she now came back asking for assistance in the extension application. In this particular case, the Applicant had opted to purchase the Premium Visa Service, therefore, received a decision on the same day of submission.
The case for an Unmarried Partner extension application
The Applicant was an Australian national residing and working in the United Kingdom as a teacher. The Applicant had previously been granted leave to remain as the unmarried partner of a British citizen. The couple’s relationship was still subsisting and they now wished to apply for an extension of leave. In the initial consultation, the couple was informed of the requirements of an extension application and were sent a bespoke documents list requesting for required documents for the Applicant’s application. From the onset, our solicitors had advised the Applicant of the Immigration rules and relevant internal Home Office Policy Guidance. It is crucial for documents to be provided in the correct format as the Home Office can refuse applications on minor technicalities.
We prepared the Applicants application to a high standard and our client’s application was successful. We pride ourselves on the service we provide and our ability to provide solutions to our clients who encounter problems with the Home Office. Following the success of our client’s application, the following 5-star review was left on our service:
“Tekhmeed and the team at Lexlaw once again gave an outstanding service in helping us with our application for a de facto partner visa. This is the second time we have engaged the services of Lexlaw and would have no hesitation in using them again and also in recommending them to others. Quite simply a very professionally run firm with knowledge to match”.
The requirements for an Unmarried Partner extension application
An Unmarried Partner extension application is made under the Immigration Rules but Applicants should be aware of the relevant appendixes and internal Home Office Policy Guidance. Applicants must also meet the suitability requirements for this application and pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Applicants must be able to satisfy the following requirements for a successful extension application:
- Your Sponsor must be present and settled in the United Kingdom;
- You must meet the immigration status requirement;
- You must meet the relationship requirement;
- You must meet the financial and accommodation requirement; and
- You must meet the English language requirement.
It is important all the above requirements are met and the correct documentary evidence is provided in support of the application. If you do not meet the requirements it may be possible to submit an application outside the Immigration Rules asking the Home Office to exercise discretion. These applications are not straightforward as this is a complex area of immigration law and it is best advised for Applicants to obtain legal assistance in preparing the application.
Using a Premium Visa Service appointment when submitting your Unmarried Partner extension application
Some UK Visas and Immigration applications can be submitted using a premium visa same day service appointment. This service can be used to extend your stay in the United Kingdom or for settlement applications such as Indefinite Leave to Remain. There is an additional fee of £610 on top of the application fee for this service. There is also a mobile super-premium service whereby Applicants can arrange for the Home Office to collect the finalised application pack. There is an additional cost of £10,500 for the mobile service. You cannot apply on behalf of someone else using the premium visa service unless there are exceptional circumstances. It should be noted that the premium visa service cannot be used for Tier 1 Entrepreneur, naturalisation, and most EEA applications amongst others. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to use the premium visa service please contact our immigration team on 0207 1830 570.
Using Legal Representation to Submit an Unmarried Partner extension application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on the law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with an Unmarried Partner extension application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject underprepared Unmarried Partner extension applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Immigration & Visa application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.
The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully apply for an Unmarried Partner extension Application
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting an Unmarried Partner extension application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of an Unmarried Partner extension application and are able to advise you in respect of your prospects and to ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
Our offices are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss an Unmarried Partner extension application.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.