The unmarried partner visa UK fee (cost) in 2024 is £1,846 if the application is being made from outside the UK and £1,048 if the application is being made from inside the UK.
The above figures are the fees that must be paid to the Home Office to process your UK unmarried partner visa application.
However, it is important to note that there are other costs you may also have to pay.
|Unmarried partner visa UK fee (cost) in 2024
|Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
|Currently not available
|Super priority fee
|Currently not available
|Note: Costs vary significantly depending on the clinic and country and tend to range between £65-110
|£80-120. Note: these are normally not required
|£80-120. Note: these are normally not required
|English language tests
In addition to discussing the standard Home Office fees, this article will discuss the following:
- The other fees associated with both out-of-country and in-country UK unmarried partner visa applications; and
- Other frequently asked questions (such as when this will need to be paid, whether you can get a refund etc.)
“Will I be making an unmarried partner visa application from inside the UK or outside the UK?”
You must know whether you will be making an unmarried partner visa application from inside the UK or outside the UK because not only are the costs associated with applying different, the requirements and the application process are different.
The first thing to note is that if the applicant (the person applying for a visa) does not currently have any UK visas issued for longer than six months, they will have to make an application from outside the UK.
The second thing to note is that those in the UK as a visitor will not be able to make an application from inside the UK.
Instead, they will be expected to leave the UK and then make an application from either their country of nationality or country of legal residence.
Please note that even if the sponsor (the “UK partner”) helps by completing the application form and by submitting the supporting documents, this does not change the above.
The following are examples of UK visas that allow applicants to apply from inside the UK:
- UK partner visas;
- UK proposed civil partnership or UK fiancé(e) visas;
- Skilled worker visas (previously Tier 2 visas)
- Student visas (previously Tier 4 visas)
- Temporary worker visas (previously Tier 5 visas)
- Tier 5 Youth mobility scheme visas
We are submitting an unmarried partner visa from OUTSIDE the UK.
What are the Home Office fees for out-of-country unmarried partner visas in 2024?
The Home Office fee for out-of-country unmarried partner visas in 2024 is £1,846.
This is the amount you must pay to the Home Office for your application to be processed.
When is the Home Office fee for out-of-country unmarried partner visas paid?
The out-of-country unmarried partner visa fee is paid on the unmarried partner visa application form.
The fee is paid using debit or credit card after the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is paid.
How much is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for out-of-country unmarried partner visas in 2024?
The Immigration Health Surcharge for out-of-country unmarried partner visas currently costs £3,105.
When is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for out-of-country unmarried partner visas paid?
The Immigration Health Surcharge fee is paid as part of the online application process.
We are submitting an unmarried partner visa from INSIDE the UK.
What is the Home Office fee for in-country unmarried partner visas in 2024?
The Home Office fee is £1,048 for in-country unmarried partner visa applications in 2024.
When is the Home Office fee for in-country unmarried partner visas paid?
The Home Office unmarried partner visa fee for an in-country application is paid after paying the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on the online application form.
The date this fee is paid is significant because it is this date that the requirements must be met. It is known as the “date of application”.
How much is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for in-country unmarried partner visas in 2024?
The IHS fee for in-country unmarried partner visa applications currently costs £2,587.50.
When is the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for in-country unmarried partner visas paid?
The IHS fee for in-country unmarried partner visa applications is normally paid as part of the online application process.
If it is not paid when the online application is submitted, you should then receive an email from the Home Office asking for it to be paid.
HIDDEN COST #1
Unmarried partner visa tuberculosis (TB) Test Cost
A Tuberculosis test may be required if you are making an application from outside the UK.
As discussed in our detailed unmarried partner visa UK 2024 guidance, whether the applicant will need a TB test will largely depend on the country or countries the applicant has lived in the 6 months prior to submitting the application.
The requirement for a Tuberculosis (TB) test does not apply if you are making an application from inside the UK (as we discuss in our FLR M visa 2024 guidance). Therefore, you will not need to obtain a TB certificate for in-country unmarried partner visa applications.
For those who need to provide a TB test, the TB test fee can be as low as £20 but can vary significantly depending on the specific test centre where the test will take place.
FREE UK Partner Visa Video Series
CLICK HERE to watch our free video series.
In this free video series, we discuss the following:
- The unmarried partner visa two years cohabitation requirement
- The financial requirement
- The online application form
- Document translations
- The adequate accommodation requirement
- The English language requirement
- Dependent children requirement
- Other partner visa requirements
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Document translation cost
The Immigration Rules require that translations be included as supporting documentation if certain documents are not in English or Welsh.
You must also provide a copy of the original document (pre-translation).
The Immigration Rules state:
The total cost of translating documents will depend on the number and length of the documents you need to get translated.
In general, if a document is important to an application, translation will be required.
We discuss this further in part 3 of our free 3-part video series.
Costs will vary depending on the translator that you use. It can cost around £60 to translate a one-page document and £85 to translate a two-page document.
Total cost: £0-300+
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Unmarried partner visa English language test costs
It should first be noted that there are several ways to satisfy the English language requirement.
Therefore, not all applicants will need to sit a secure English language test.
For example, nationals of majority English-speaking countries are not required to sit a secure English language test. Simply providing a copy of the applicant’s passport evidencing their nationality will satisfy the English language requirement.
The Immigration Rules state an applicant is deemed to meet the English language requirement as a national of a majority English-speaking country if they are a national of one of the following countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda;
- the Bahamas;
- The British Overseas Territories;
- New Zealand;
- St Kitts and Nevis;
- St Lucia;
- St Vincent and the Grenadines;
- Trinidad and Tobago;
- the United States of America.
The applicant can also meet the English requirement if they have a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree awarded by a UK university or potentially a university elsewhere in the world that was taught at the required standard of English (as long as this is accompanied by the required Ecctis documentation).
The majority of applicants, however, will need to sit an English language test at A1 level (if they are applying for their first unmarried partner visa) or at A2 level (if they are applying for their second unmarried partner visa after having initially been granted a 33 or 30-month visa).
If you take the IELTS Life Skills Test (including the A1 IELTS Life Skills test), this will cost approximately £150.
Trinity College London also charges £150 for their English language tests.
Please note that if the applicant does not pass the test, the fee will normally once again have to be paid to retake the test.
“Can I take a higher level test than what is required?”
This would be recommended if you want to save money and can pass a higher-level test (up to B1 level).
This is because although an applicant applying for their first unmarried partner visa is only required to sit a test at A1 level, they can choose to sit an A2 test (or above) and re-use this same English language test certificate when they submit the second unmarried partner visa application (via an FLR(M) visa extension).
Similarly, an applicant applying for their first unmarried partner visa, or extending their unmarried partner visa, can also sit a B1 level test. This test will typically be able to be re-used for the extension as well as the Indefinite Leave to Remain application (which is generally made after two partner visas). They can also rely on the same B1 test if they choose to apply for British citizenship (after obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain).
Please note that you must ensure the secure English language test is on the List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2024.
Total cost: £0-150+
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Priority (premium) Visa Services
Additional services may be available to speed up the application process.
If you opt for the priority or super-priority service, this will be an extra fee on top of the unmarried partner visa UK fee of £1,846 for applications made outside the UK and £1,048 for applications made inside the UK.
Applications made from outside the UK
How much is the priority service for out-of-country unmarried partner applications in 2024?
The priority service for out-of-country unmarried partner visa applications will cost you an additional £500.
This optional fee will have to be paid in addition to the standard £1,846 Home Office fee.
What will the processing time be for the out-of-country unmarried partner visa application if I purchase the priority service?
As we discuss in our spouse visa UK processing time in 2024 article, the priority service will reduce the processing time to 30 working days.
Please also note that some applicants are advised by VFS and TLS to not to use the priority visa service, including those who have :
- been refused a visa for the UK;
- been refused leave to enter the UK;
- been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK;
- you have an unspent criminal conviction in any country;
- overstayed a period of leave in the UK;
- had leave to remain in the UK curtailed by the Home Office;
- been refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office;
- been interviewed, detained, or prosecuted by the police for any offence in the UK or elsewhere;
- been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America, or the Schengen countries, and/or;
- have committed a criminal offence in any country.
Applications made from inside the UK
The Super-priority service is the only additional priority service ordinarily available for those making their unmarried partner application from inside the UK.
How much is the super-priority service for in-country unmarried partner applications in 2024?
You will have to pay an additional £1,000 if you opt for the super-priority service for an in-country unmarried partner visa application.
This £1,000 fee will have to be paid in addition to the £1,048 Home Office fee.
When is the super-priority service for in-country unmarried partner applications paid?
The super-priority service fee for in-country unmarried partner visa applications can only be paid when the online application is submitted.
Therefore, if only the standard option is showing, if the applicant’s visa’s or leave’s expiry date permits, you may decide to check back at a later time.
Super-priority appointments are released around 1AM daily (even on weekends for some visa centres).
When should the application be decided if we opt for the super-priority service for an in-country unmarried partner visa application?
The service should allow you to receive a decision from the Home Office within one working day.
Total cost: £1,000
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Dependant children applications
If a dependant child is also applying at the same time as their parent, you will also have to pay the Home Office fee, Immigration Health Surcharge, as well as other optional additional services (such as the priority or super-priority service) that you may choose.
Just so you know, children who are British or Irish citizens are not required to submit any UK visas and, therefore, will not incur additional fees.
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Unmarried partner visa UK lawyer fees
Regardless of what the majority of immigration lawyers will tell you, as long as you spend the required amount of time reading the relevant Immigration Rules and Home Office guidance, you should be able to process your application without having to pay for help.
A good immigration lawyer, however, will save time, make the process less stressful, and give you better peace of mind knowing that the application satisfies all of the relevant Immigration Rules.
As a registered OISC immigration law firm specialising in UK partner visas, we charge a fixed fee of £2,250 to handle our clients’ applications from start to finish.
Our full legal representation service is primarily offered by Ed Lowe, who has a particularly in-depth knowledge of the unmarried partner visa application process, having worked in the Home Office as a senior Home Office manager for 20+ years. Matthew French & Wendy Foy, who also worked in the Home Office, work alongside Ed to ensure that we provide our clients with the best possible service.
Alternatively, if you would like to take primary responsibility for your application but would like to save time researching the required supporting documents and letters, our £435 DIY Application Pack Service (which comes with a 100% money-back guarantee) may be of interest to you.
We are happy to help – whether you choose to pay us money or not. This is why we have spent many hours on our free guides, which can be found here:
- Spouse Visa UK (for spouse visa applications made outside the UK);
- FLR M Visa (for spouse visa applications made inside the UK);
- UK Unmarried Partner visa; and
- UK Fiance Visa.
Total cost: £435-£3,000+
HIDDEN COST #7
Many of the above additional costs relating to out-of-country applications are described as ‘approximately’ or ‘on average’.
This is because overseas application fees will likely be subject to conversion rates.
Often the conversion rates provided when you submit your application do not reflect the rate you will get via Google. The rate can fluctuate significantly in both directions, so please also bear this in mind.
Other Frequently asked questions
Can someone other than the applicant pay the UK unmarried partner visa fee?
Yes. The sponsor (UK partner) or other family members often pay the Home Office fees.
Can we pay the Home Office fee via bank transfer?
No – the Home Office fee has to be paid online using a credit/debit card.
Do I really have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)?
Yes. The IHS fee is compulsory and has to be paid. The application will be deemed 'invalid' if it is not paid.
Will the Home Office fee be refunded if my application is refused?
No. The Home Office does not refund your fee if the application is refused - which underlines why it is important to take time to read the Home Office guidance and articles on this website.
Please note that although some of these costs have to be paid (for example, the Immigration Health Surcharge), many of these costs are optional.
Regardless of any optional services you choose to pay for, it is sensible to be prepared for the total costs once you apply.
If you would like detailed & tailored written guidance, please check out our £435 DIY application pack service.
Alternatively, if you would like our team of highly experienced immigration advisors who have worked at the heart of the Home Office to deal with your application from start to finish, we offer a full legal representation service.