You can apply for switching into civil partner visa 10 years route if you are in the UK and you are married to a British Citizen or a settled person and you cannot meet all the requirements of the Appendix FM for switching into civil partner visa under 5 years route. Application for leave to remain as civil partner under 10 years route is usually made by those applicants who cannot meet the financial requirement, immigration status requirement or English language requirement. An application for civil partner visa under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP).

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Specialist civil partner Visa Solicitors
Eligibility Requirements
EX1 Criteria
Super Priority Service For Decision Within 24 Hours
Switching From civil partner Visa 5 Years Route To 10 Years Route
Challenging Refusal
Re-Applying After The Refusal
How We Can Help?
How Much We Charge?
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Specialist Civil Partner Visa Solicitors

Our expert team of civil partner visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham specialise in civil partner visa applications under 10 years route. Our specialist civil partner visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the civil partner visa applications under 10 years route. Our best team of civil partner visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your civil partner visa application under 10 years route. Ask a question to our expert civil partner visa solicitors for free immigration advice online for switching into civil partner visa by completing our enquiry form and one of our civil partner visa experts will answer your question as soon as possible.

Requirements For Switching Into Civil Partner Visa 10 Years Route

For a civil partner visa application under 10 years route to succeed, there are following main requirements:

  1. The applicant must meet the immigration status requirement which means the applicant must either be lawfully in the UK with leave to enter or remain which was originally granted for longer than 6 months and must not be in the UK as a visitor OR the applicant must be on immigration bail in the UK and EX1 should be applicable to the applicant's application;
  2. Requirements of EX1 to the Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules must be duly met;
  3. Suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules;
  4. The evidence of relationship between the sponsor and the applicant including evidence of valid civil partnership.

What Is EX1 Criteria For Switching Into Civil Partner Visa 10 Years Route?

To succeed in an application for switching into civil partner visa under the 10 years route, the applicant must meet the requirements of EX1 of Appendix FM under the Immigration Rules. The requirements of EX1 can be satisfied by showing that either:

  • the applicant has a parental relationship with a child under 18 who is in the UK and who  is:
    • British Citizen; or
    • holding ILR; or
    • has lived in the UK continuously for 7 years; and
  • it is unreasonable to expect such child to leave the UK.

OR

  • the applicant has a genuine and subsisting relationship with the UK civil partner who is a British Citizen, settled in the UK or in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection, and there are insurmountable obstacles to family life with that partner continuing outside the UK. Insurmountable obstacles mean the very significant difficulties which would be faced by the applicant or their partner in continuing their family life together outside the UK and which could not be overcome or would entail very serious hardship for the applicant or their partner.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Civil Partner Visa

As the expert team of civil partner visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of your biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our civil partner visa solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your immigration application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

Switching From Civil Partner Visa 5 Years Route To Civil Partner Visa 10 Years Route

A person who is already in the UK with leave to remain as a civil partner under 5 years route can switch into 10 years route if he/she is unable to meet all the requirement to qualify for renewal of leave under 5 years route. Most of the time, the applicants who cannot meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 gross per year or more would apply for switching into 10 years route.

How To Challenge The Refusal Of Application For Switching Into civil partner Visa?

If your application for switching into civil partner visa is refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the refusal decision is unlawful, you can challenge the refusal of your application for switching into civil partner visa by filing an Appeal Against Refusal Of Leave To Remain As Civil Partner Of A British Citizen Or Settled Person with the First Tier Tribunal within 14 days of receiving the refusal letter.

Re-Applying For Switching Into Civil Partner Visa After The Refusal

If your application for switching into civil partner visa has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the decision to refuse your application is valid and lawful and therefore cannot be challenged successfully by way of appeal, you have the option to re-apply for switching into civil partner visa. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for switching into civil partner visa through our Super Priority Service.

How We Can Help With Your Application For Switching Into Civil Partner Visa?

Our expert team of civil partner visa solicitors specialise in UK civil partner visa applications under 10 years route. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into civil partner visa under 10 years route, our speciliast team of civil partner visa solicitors will carry out all the work on your application until a decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on your civil partner visa application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our civil partner visa solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your eligibility for switching into civil partner visa under 10 years route by considering all your personal circumstances;
  • Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your civil partner visa application under 10 years route;
  • Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your civil partner visa application under 10 years route;
  • Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules;
  • Completing and submitting the online application form FLR(FP) to apply for switching into civil partner visa under 10 years route by gathering all the relevant information from you and your civil partner;
  • Helping you with paying the civil partner visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the civil partner visa application;
  • Booking your appointment with the UKVCAS application centre for verification of documents and enrolment of biometrics;
  • Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant and/or the sponsor explaining the background of their relationship and other relevant factors pertaining to the civil partner visa application;
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your civil partner visa application under 10 years route;
  • Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents before you attend your appointment for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • Liaising with the Home Office UKVI for a timely decision on your civil partner visa application.

Our Fixed Fee For Switching Into Civil Partner Visa Under 10 Years Route

Our fixed fees for switching into civil partner visa application under 10 years route from inside the UK are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for switching into civil partner visa from inside the UK £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off civil partner Visa Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for switching into civil partner visa to  cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for switching into civil partner visa, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

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