Several UK visa routes, such as the Spouse Visa, Civil Partner Visa and Unmarried Partner Visa, require applicants to demonstrate that their relationship is ‘genuine and subsisting’. Dependents of individuals in the UK in work or study based routes also need to demonstrate a ‘genuine and subsisting relationship’ when applying for a Dependant Visa. This is an important requirement, on which many applications hinge. Additionally, if married applicants are unable to show that their marriage is genuine, it could lead to accusations that their marriage was entered into solely to circumvent the immigration rules.
While some parts of the immigration rules are very strict in setting out exactly what documents are required to satisfy different parts of the immigration rules, there are no mandatory documents or facts that you must show in order to demonstrate that your relationship is ‘genuine and subsisting’.
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