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Unmarried partners – new definition

Unmarried partners – new definition

Some will no doubt be pleased to learn that the Home Office has changed its definition of an unmarried partner. Previously an unmarried partner was somebody who had lived with somebody else in a relationship like marriage/civil partnership for at least two years. 

But since 31 January 2024 the definition has been rather different: it is now somebody who has been in a relationship with somebody for at least two years, whether or not they have lived together. This of course is an important change and it will make unmarried partner applications easier in some cases. 

But as you might expect there is still a requirement for good and solid proof of the relationship. 

If you want help and advice in this area we at GSN Immigration will be able to assist you. 

Oliver Westmoreland

Senior Immigration Lawyer