Unmarried partners from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) can join their EEA family members. But, they must be exercising their treaty rights and residing in the UK by applying for an EEA family permit outside the UK.
You can still qualify as an extended family member of an EEA national if you’re unmarried partner. You should prove that you’ve lived together for two years continuously before you apply for EEA Family Permit and your relationship is stable.
The term unmarried partner relationship defines a relationship similar to marriage. An applicant has to prove it by way of presenting to the Home Office household bills. Also, bank statements or other documents that can help prove cohabitation covering two years are suitable too.
You will also meet the following requirements to apply for EEA Family Permit as an unmarried partner:
- The EEA National must be exercising their treaty rights i.e working
- There must be an intention to live together in the UK permanently
- Any previous marriages must be broken down permanently
- The parties are not involved in a consanguineous relationship with one another