You may wish to know what is the difference between the 5-year and 10-year partner route. Both paths can let people stay in the UK because of a relationship with a UK citizen or someone settled in the UK. They can lead to settlement in the UK (i.e. ILR status).
But what’s the difference between them?
5-Year Partner Route
This is the usual route used to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
The 5-year partner route is for people who are married or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen or someone settled in the UK. This route lets you apply for ‘indefinite leave to remain’ after you’ve lived in the UK for five years.
The 5-year route has stricter rules about money. You or your partner need to earn at least £18,600 a year. If you have children who are not UK citizens or settled, this amount goes up.
You must have entered the UK as a fiance or proposed civil partner and then got married or entered into a civil partnership. You are now applying to remain in the UK as a spouse or partner.
Or, you must have entered the UK on a spouse or partner visa, be in a relationship (with that partner) and remain with them in the UK.
Or, you are in the UK in another immigration category, with more than 6 months validity, have married or entered a civil partnership. You can also apply if you have been living with your unmarried partner for at least two years or more.
10-Year Partner Route: An Overview
The 10-year partner route is another path to stay in the UK based on a relationship. But this route doesn’t have the same money rules as the 5-year route. There are no financial requirements for the 10 year Partner Route.
The 10-year route is for people who don’t meet the financial rules of the 5-year route. But you must still show that your relationship is genuine and that it would cause problems if you had to leave the UK.
With the 10-year route, you can apply for ‘indefinite leave to remain’ after you’ve lived in the UK for ten years.
The Difference Between the 5-Year and 10-Year Partner Route
The main difference between the 5-year and 10-year partner routes is time and money. The 5-year route is quicker but has stricter rules such as about how much money you or your partner earn. The 10-year route takes longer but doesn’t have the same financial requirements.
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