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Old 14th January 2020, 12:42 PM
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Hi everyone! I am an American citizen who has been in a relationship with a British citizen for the past 2.5 years. We were both abroad living in New Zealand and met in April 2017. By July 2017 we were living together and travelling together in a romantic relationship. We lived in various accomodation together, however these were not formal lease agreements but can obtain letters from our landlords stating how long we lived there. We moved to Australia in February 2018 and lived with family friend so for a couple months before settling into a house share (again an informal agreement but have emails with the landlord. We finally stayed for 6 months with a friend at his house under an informal agreement before we travelled through Southeast Asia for a few months and then stayed with my parents in the US for a few months. I am now in the Uk on a visitor visa for a few months staying with my partner and her family. We both worked in Australia and New Zealand and I worked in the US. She is currently seeking employment in the UK but I will have to leave to country to work myself. Our plan is for me to return to the UK on an unmarried Partner Visa. My questions are for how long does she need to be employed earning 18,600 annually? Our relationship is obviously not one where we were settled in one place with a lease agreement and bills for the two years but were instead travelling for the most part. What would the best proof of our relationship be in our unique case? When would I be able to submit an application? And any other information you all think I need to focus on? Thank you!!!

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Time spent in other countries as visitors, and travel together, doesn't count as cohabitation. You have a really weak application I'm afraid. I would count on a refusal if you can't provide official bills and statements addressed to you jointly. You have the option to get married.

I could answer your questions about the financial requirement (once she's employed in the UK, she has to be working for 6 full months) but I seriously doubt the visa will be approved without being married. I know that isn't what you want to hear but we need to be realistic

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To make it clear, we were not simply visiting foreign countries. We had work visas during our two years and New Zealand and Australia and were employed and living together during our time there.

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We also have a joint savings bank account that was opened in the US in July 2019

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What other evidence from official sources do you have which support that you were living at the same address as one another for 2 full years?

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We finally stayed for 6 months with a friend at his house under an informal agreement before we travelled through Southeast Asia for a few months and then stayed with my parents in the US for a few months. I am now in the Uk on a visitor visa for a few months
This isn't visiting/travelling together?

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Sorry that wasn’t worded clearly enough. We moved to Perth and both had full time jobs for 6 months. Our accomodation during this time was staying in a room in a house owned by a friend. We signed an agreement with him but our names didn’t not appear on the bills or official lease. This was the case for our other accomodation in Australia and New Zealand. We can get signed documents from our landlords stating we lived there for time that adds up to 2 years yes. We did not receive the utility/tax bills in our name at these accomodations as we were not on the official lease or deed. I hope this makes more sense

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The time Asia yes was travelling but the time in the US after that was living with my parents while I was working and my partner lived with me and now I am living with her on a visitor visa with her parents while she finds a job.

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We also have bank statements and payslips showing that we were both living at the same address adding up to two years at least

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The time Asia yes was travelling but the time in the US after that was living with my parents while I was working and my partner lived with me and now I am living with her on a visitor visa with her parents while she finds a job.
Spending time with partner while on a visitor does not count towards co-habiting for two continuous years in a relationship akin to marriage.

Having said that, I can remember a thread on this forum of a very similar situation to yours (travelling together for a couple of years, staying with friends/family) and, although we thought their case was weak, they, did, apparently, get an unmarried partner visa.

If you think your payslips, bank statements, and proof of accommodation will suffice for an application then, then apply; just don't be too disappointed if it is refused.

Your only other option is marriage.

Your Brit partner needs to be in employment earning 18,600GBP for a minimum of 6 months.

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