UK Family Visa

The UK government strongly believe that families have the right to stay together where possible and have various options available to facilitate this. There are however strict regulations and the process can be complex, you should seek expert legal guidance to pursue any UK visa application.

To be eligible to join family members in the UK you must meet the criteria as set out in Appendix FM of the immigration rules

You will need to provide genuine proof to meet the regulations for example; you must be of a good character. You must also be in a relationship with a UK citizen or be the spouse of one. By spouse, it means you must be married, engaged, in a civil-partnership or have been cohabiting for at least two years.

Children under 18 may join parent who are settled in the UK which also applies to parents residing in the UK on a PBS (points based system) visa. In some circumstances, an older dependant relative may also join relatives in the UK.

If you are a parent of a child that is currently settled in the UK you may be eligible to apply for a visa to join them. However, if you are unable to demonstrate financial stability and that you can support yourself and your child this may be a problem.

You may also be eligible to join relatives in the UK who are settled in the UK under humanitarian protection or recognised refugee status.

You must be intending to live long-term in the UK and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the English language and life in the UK, you may need to take and pass a test for this.

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