Unmarried and Same-Sex Partners
The policy allows for persons who are not married or in a civil partnership to join a partner who is settled there provided certain situations are met. The Rules also apply to partners of sponsors in the United Kingdom who have limited leave to enter or remain in the following types:
Work Permit owners, overseas media representatives, sole representatives, private servants in diplomatic households, overseas government workers, Ministers of Religion, airport-based operational ground employees, UK Ancestry, businessmen/businesswomen, self-employed, investors, writers, composers, artists, retired persons of independent means and EEA nationals.
The requirements are as follows:
For the candidate to qualify for indefinite leave to enter, you must also be satisfied that:
Posts should be aware that some individuals might be reticent about applying under this section of the Rules. These and other settlement applications should be handled sensitively and with discretion.
However, if Posts receive entry clearance applications in respect of unmarried or same-sex relationships where there are children and/or the relationship may be less than two year’s duration, such applications may be referred to NCC2 for consideration outside the Rules where compelling compassionate situations exist. Full supporting details should accompany such referrals.
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