A spouse, civil partner, or durable partner can only be sponsored under the EUSS if the relationship was in place before the end of 2020.

Criteria for durable partners

Unmarried partners must have been in a durable relationship with the sponsor, who must be an EEA national or qualifying British citizen, This means:
  • Having lived together in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for 2 years or more; or
  • Having joint responsibility for a child

The evidence provided may include:
  • proof that any previous relationship has permanently broken down, for example:
    • decree absolute for marriages
    • dissolution order for civil partnerships
  • evidence of cohabitation for 2 years, for example:
    • bank statements or utility bills in joint names at the same address
    • rent agreements
    • mortgage payments
    • official correspondence which links them at the same address
  • evidence of joint finances, joint business ventures and joint commitments, for example:
    • tax returns
    • business contracts
    • investments
  • evidence of joint responsibility for children such as:
    • a birth certificate or custody agreement showing they are cohabiting and sharing responsibility for children
  • photographs of the couple
  • other evidence demonstrating their commitment and relationship
The above list is not exhaustive.

Unmarried/durable partners living outside the UK

Unmarried partners who meet the durable relationship criteria set out above can apply for a EUSS family permit after that.

Apply for an EUSS family permit.

Evidence for family permit applications

Proof of identity, which can be either:
  • a valid passport
  • a valid national identity card, if you are an EEA national
You may be able to use other proof of your identity and nationality if you cannot provide either of these because of a practical or compassionate reason. For example, you cannot travel to get this document, due to an illness or coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. When you apply, you will need to explain why you cannot provide a passport or national identity card, and give supporting evidence if you have any.

Your sponsor's details, such as:

Their EU Settlement Scheme UAN reference, this is a 16 digit number - for example, ‘1234-5678-1234-5678’ in the email they got confirming their settled or pre-settled status, unless they did not need to apply.

If your sponsor chose not to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, or could not apply because they’re a British citizen, you’ll need to provide evidence that shows they meet the eligibility criteria.

You need evidence that shows they:
  • were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • have not broken their continuous residence in the UK
  • pass criminal record checks.
You also need to provide evidence that you were in your long-term relationship by 31 December 2020.

This usually means showing that you had been living together for 2 years. Evidence could include:
  • bank statements, utility bills, a tenancy or mortgage agreement, or other official correspondence that shows you and your partner at the same address
  • documents showing joint finances, like a tax return
  • documents showing joint business ventures or commitments, like business contracts or investments you’ve made together
  • birth certificates or custody agreements showing that you shared responsibility for children while living together
You’ll also need to provide evidence that:
  • you’re still in the relationship when you apply
  • if you were living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you were legally living here during that time