An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a same sex partner of a person present and settled in the UK can be made to the Home Office, UKVI on completion of 5 years residence in the UK under same sex partner visa (5 years route). The ILR application as a same sex partner of a person present and settled in the UK is submitted by using application form SET (M). The application will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

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Specialist Solicitors For ILR As Same Sex Partner
When Can I Apply?
How Can I Apply?
Processing Time
Super Priority Service Decision Within 24 Hours
Eligibility Requirements
Financial Requirement
English Language Requirement
Life In The UK Test Requirement
Challenging Refusal
Re-Applying For ILR After The Refusal
How We Can Help?
How Much We Charge?
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Specialist Solicitors For ILR As Same Sex Partner

Our expert team of same sex partner visa solicitors specialise in ILR applications as same sex partner. You can contact our specialist same sex partner visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a same sex partner of a person present and settled in the UK. The high quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the excellent legal services provided by our same sex partner visa solicitors. As expert same sex partner visa solicitors, we can provide super prioirty service for your SET (M) application to be decided within 24 hours. Ask a question to our expert same sex partner visa solicitors for free immigration advice online for ILR as a spouse under 5 years route by completing our enquiry form and one of our spouse visa experts will answer your question as soon as possible.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For ILR As Same Sex Partner

As the expert same sex partner visa solicitors based in London & Manchester, 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 enrolment of your biometrics at a designated service centre.

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

When Can I Apply For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route?

You can apply for ILR when you have completed 5 years in the UK under the same sex Partner Visa (5 Years Route). According to Home Office UKVI Guidance, an application for ILR as a same sex partner can be made within 28 days before completion of 5 years residence in the UK under 5 years route.

How Can I Apply For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route?

You can apply for ILR as same sex partner online using SET (M) form. Upon submission of the online application, the Home Office UKVI fees are paid online and then an appointment for verification of documents and enrolment of biometrics is also made online on UKVCAS online portal. All the supporting documents must be uploaded online before biometrics enrolment appointment is attended at the UKVCAS application centre. At the appointment cetnre, the supporting documents uploaded online are verified by the UKVCAS staff and biometrics of the applicant are enrolled.

How Long Does It Take To Process My ILR Application?

An applicant for ILR as a same sex partner under 5 years route receives decision from the UKVI within the service standards of the UKVI for processing of the application. Applicants who apply for ILR using Super Priority Service receive the decision normally within 24 hours and the applicants who have used standard service receive decision normally within 3 to 6 months.

What Are The Requirements For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route?

The application will be considered in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

For the applicant to succeed in the ILR application as a same sex partner under the 5 years route, the applicant must:

  • meet the suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules;
  • show that he/she has been living with the UK partner during the last grant of leave as same sex partner and the relationship of the applicant is genuine and subsisting;
  • demonstrate that the applicant and the UK sponsor intend to live together permanently;
  • meet the financial requirement of earning £18,600 gross per year (or above if there are non-British children), individually or jointly;
  • meet the requirement of adequate accommodation to be accommodated in the UK without any recourse to public funds;
  • prove that the applicant meets the English language proficiency at CEFR level B1 in listening and speaking only;
  • prove that the applicant meets the Life in the UK test requirement.

What Is Financial Requirement For ILR As Same Sex Partner?

Meeting the financial requirement is one of the key requirements for ILR as same sex partner under 5 years route.

Calculating The Financial Requirement

The applicant must provide evidence that the sponsor's gross annual income is at least:

  • Partner with no children – £18,600;
  • 1 child in addition to the partner – £22,400;
  • 2 children in addition to the partner – £24,800;
  • 3 children in addition to the partner – £27,200; and
  • an additional £2,400 for each additional Non-EEA child.

The higher financial requirement for applicants applying with child(ren) will apply until the applicant partner qualifies for settlement, even if the child turns 18 before then. However, the 18+ year old’s income and savings will be permitted to count towards the financial requirement.

When Does Financial Requirement Does Not Apply To A Child?

The financial requirement does not apply to a child who:

  • Is a British Citizen (including an adopted child who acquires British citizenship);
  • Is an EEA national (except where the child is a child of a former relationship and does not have a right to be admitted to or reside in the UK under the Immigration
    (EEA) Regulations 2006 or the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016);
  • Is settled in the UK (holds ILR in the UK) or who qualifies for indefinite leave to enter (ILE); or
  • Qualifies under Part 8 or Appendix Armed Forces of the Immigration Rules in a category to which the financial requirement does not apply.

Meeting The Financial Requirement For ILR As Same Sex Partner (5 Years Route)

According to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, the applicant must meet:

  • the level of the financial requirement applicable to their application; and
  • the requirements specified as to:
    (a) the permitted sources of income/savings; and
    (b) the time periods and permitted combinations of sources applicable to each permitted source relied upon; and
    (c) the evidence required for each permitted source relied upon.

Income and cash savings must be in the name of the applicant, their partner or jointly. However, income and cash savings of a dependent child of the applicant can also be included once the child has turned 18 years of age.

All employment or self-employment income must come from working legally. All income and savings must be lawfully derived.

What Are The Various Sources Of Meeting The Financial Requirement?

Where the applicant has to meet the minimum income threshold, the financial requirement can generally be met in the following five ways:

  • Income from salaried or non-salaried employment of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category A or Category B, depending on the employment history.
  • Non-employment income, e.g. income from property rental or dividends from shares. This is referred to as Category C.
  • Cash savings of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant, above £16,000, held by the partner and/or the applicant for at least 6 months and under their control. This is referred to as Category D.
  • State (UK or foreign), occupational or private pension of the applicant’s partner and/or the applicant. This is referred to as Category E.
  • Income from self-employment, and income as a director or employee of a specified limited company in the UK, of the partner (and/or the applicant if they are in the UK with permission to work). This is referred to as Category F or Category G, depending on which financial year(s) is or are being relied upon.

Evidence Flexibility For Financial Requirement

The evidential flexibility is set out in paragraph D of Appendix FM-SE. Under Appendix FM-SE there is discretion for decision-makers to defer an application pending submission of missing evidence or the correct version of it, within a reasonable deadline set for this. Decision-makers will not have to defer where they do not think that correcting the error or omission will lead to a grant.

Decision-makers are also able to grant an application despite minor evidential problems (but not where specified evidence is missing entirely). There is also discretion for decision-makers where evidence cannot be supplied because it is not issued in a particular country or has been permanently lost. Decision-makers have general discretion to request additional information or evidence before making a decision.

Exemption From Financial Requirement For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route (Adequate Maintenance)

Where the applicant’s partner is in receipt of any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant will be able to meet the financial requirement at that application stage by providing evidence of adequate maintenance rather than meeting an income threshold of £18,600 or above:

  • Carer’s Allowance.
  • Disability Living Allowance.
  • Severe Disablement Allowance.
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
  • Attendance Allowance.
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
  • Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme.
  • Police Injury Pension.

If the applicant’s partner is in receipt of one of the above benefits or allowances on behalf of their child, the applicant will be able to qualify by meeting the financial requirement through “adequate maintenance”. The evidence required to demonstrate that the applicant’s partner is in receipt of a specified benefit or allowance is specified in Appendix FM-SE.

English Language Requirement For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she:

  1. is a national of a majority English speaking country; or
  2. has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages with a provider approved by the Home Office, UKVI; or
  3. has an academic qualification recognised by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
  4. is exempt from the English language requirement because at the date of application:
    • the applicant is aged 65 or over;
    • the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or
    • there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.

Life In The UK Test Requirement For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route

You will have to pass the Life in the UK test in order to apply for ILR as same sex partner unless you are over the age of 65 or you are seeking exemption from this requirement due to medical reasons.

How To Challenge The Refusal Of ILR As Same Sex Partner?

If your application for ILR as same sex partner under 5 years route is refused by the Home Office, UKVI and you believe that the refusal decision is unlawful, you can challenge the refusal of your ILR application by filing an Appeal Against Refusal Of Leave To Remain As Same Sex Partner Of A British Citizen Or Settled Person with the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) within 14 days of receiving the refusal letter.

Re-Applying For ILR As same sex Partner Under 5 Years Route After The Refusal

If your application for ILR as same sex partner under 5 years route 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 ILR as same sex partner within 14 days of your section 3C leave ending. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for ILR as same sex partner under 5 years route through our Super Priority Service.

How We Can Help With Your ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route?

Our expert team of same sex partner visa solicitors specialise in ILR same sex partner visa applications. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for ILR same sex partner visa under 5 years route, we will carry out all the work on your ILR application until a decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on your ILR application - SET (M) application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our expert team of same sex partner visa solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your eligibility for ILR as same sex partner under 5 years route by considering all your personal circumstances including assessment of meeting the financial requirement;
  • Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your ILR application as same sex partner;
  • Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your ILR application;
  • 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 SET (M) to apply for ILR as same sex partner by gathering all the relevant information from you and your same sex partner;
  • Helping you with paying the ILR application fee online;
  • Booking your appointment with the 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 ILR application;
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your ILR application;
  • 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 ILR application.

Our Fixed Fee For ILR As Same Sex Partner Under 5 Years Route

Our fees for ILR as same sex partner under 5 years route are given in the fee table below: 

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for ILR as same sex partner (5 years route) £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for ILR as same sex partner 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 your ILR application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for ILR as same sex partner, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the ILR application.

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