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Applying for Visas for Extended Family

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Applying For Visas For Extended Family

The rules on applying for visas to bring extended family to live in the UK vary according to the nature of the relationship and the family member’s country of origin.

European Citizens

Nationals of countries in the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland generally have the right to live and work in the UK. This right is dependent on the European national being able to show that they will either be working in the UK or that they will otherwise be able to support themselves and their family without having to rely on public funds.

European nationals who satisfy the above criteria may bring with them to live in the UK the following family members:

  • Their spouse or civil partner;
  • Children or grandchildren of the European national or their spouse / civil partner – the children must be under 21 or dependent on the European national;
  • The parents or grandparents of the European national or of their spouse / civil partner – but not if the European national is a student.
European nationals may also be able to bring the following family members to the UK:
  • Unmarried partner – they will have to be able to prove that they are in an enduring relationship;
  • Extended family – brothers, sisters, cousins etc. may be eligible but only if they can prove that they are dependent on the European national.
Family members of European nationals who are not themselves nationals of the EU, EEA or Switzerland will have to apply for an EEA family permit before coming to the UK.

Children of Nationals of Other Countries

Children under the age of 18 may usually join their parent or parents to live in the UK if the parents are or will be legally settled there. The parents must be able to support their child without relying on public funds and must have sufficient accommodation for the child. The child must also be financially dependent on the parents, not be married and not have previously been living apart from their parents.

Extended Family Members of UK Residents

In some circumstances foreign nationals may be able to bring the following extended family members to the UK: parents, or widowed parent, where at least one is over the age of 65; grandparents, or a widowed grandparent, where one is over the age of 65. To qualify:
  • The relative must be financially dependent on their UK resident family member;
  • The relative must not have any other close family members who could look after them; and,
  • The UK resident must be able to support and house their relative without having to rely on public funds.

Parents or grandparents under the age of 65 may be able to qualify to live in the UK if the above conditions are satisfied and they live “in the most exceptional compassionate circumstances”.

Children over the age of 18, siblings, aunts, uncles or any other relative may also be able to qualify to live in the UK with their resident family member if they satisfy all of the previous conditions and live alone.

Applications for settlement visas for family members are generally made on form VAF 4 – Settlement or may be made online at the UK Border Agency’s website.

Refugees

A foreign national who has been granted refugee status or exceptional leave to remain in the UK may be able to bring their spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner and any dependent children under the age of 18 to the UK. These family members may qualify for UK “family reunion” entry clearance. Other extended family members do not necessarily qualify on this ground but may be given permission to come to the UK on compassionate grounds if they are dependent on the refugee.

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Hi I have a nephew in Brazil that I would like to bring to leave with me in UK for many personal reasons. I am British and he is Brazilian and 27 years old. Is that possible?
Gilson - 18-Jan-17 @ 11:51 AM
Hello, I am Colombian citizen married to a Spanish citizen and we both live in the UK. I hold an EEA Family visa valid for 5 years. We would like to bring my extended family over to the UK (Mother, 2 sisters, 2 brothers in law, 2 nieces and 1 nephew) and would like to know the best option? Please let me know. I also do not understand the "dependant" requirement; does that mean that they would not be allowed to work? The idea is to open opportunities for them so they can settle here. Many thanks. Looking forward to your response. Samuel Del Valle
sedsam - 10-Jan-17 @ 1:04 PM
Tamy- Your Question:
Hi I wanted to know if my fathers second wife and 2 children age 8,10 who are born in Bangladesh can come to the uk now. My father has passed away inBangladesh. Before he passed away he sent all the legal documents applying for them to come to the uk but wasn't able to hear about the outcome of the appeal. I would like to know him being a British citizen and dying in Bangladesh will his 2nd wife and two kids be able to enter the uk.Also how do we find out the outcome of the appeal he sent before he died. Who/where should we contact to find out.Thank you

Our Response:
To find out the result of the appeal you would have to contact the Home Office, please see link here. However, it is more than likely your father's second wife would have to make a fresh application - which may be more difficult now your father has died. Please see gov.uk link here.
AboutImmigration - 10-Jan-17 @ 1:00 PM
elmont - Your Question:
Hi Im a portuguese/brazilian citizen living in the UK for over 5 years, Im pregnant and my family is coming for the duo date, from my daddy side everyone have the Portuguese citizen, but my mom is brazilian, witch is the best option for visa for her? She is coming for 3 months, have ticket to return and she is traveling around europe while she is here, So a tourist visa would be the best option?

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here which will advise further.
AboutImmigration - 10-Jan-17 @ 11:10 AM
Hi I wanted to know if my fathers second wife and 2 children age 8,10 who are born in Bangladesh can come to the uk now. My father has passed away inBangladesh. Before he passed away he sent all the legal documents applying for them to come to the uk but wasn't able to hear about the outcome of the appeal. I would like to know him being a British citizen and dying in Bangladesh will his 2nd wife and two kids be able to enter the uk. Also how do we find out the outcome of the appeal he sent before he died. Who/where should we contact to find out. Thank you
Tamy - 9-Jan-17 @ 11:08 PM
lhen - Your Question:
Hi, I have a daughter which is a british citizen living here in the philippines. I would like to ask what visa I should apply to accompany my daughter going to uk. if applying for a tourist visa the british grand mother of my daughter is going to sponsor me. I am not working here in the philippines though I have a small business like sari-sari store. I am not married to a british dad of my daughter and he is not working also. my question is, if I will apply for a tourist visa to accompany my british daughter going to uk will I be likely to get refuse since I have no job here? I have been in uk under student visa for 3 yrs and I went home after my visa. I also been to Hk for a tourist visa with my daugher. if I cannot apply for a tourist visa to uk. what else or kind of visa I should apply for me bring my daughter to uk? thank you

Our Response:
You can apply for a standard visitor visa, please see link here if you want to visit the UK for leisure, eg on holiday or to see your family and friends, which I assume it what you wish to do. However, you would not be allowed to work, study or stay in the UK beyond the visa's terms (usually six months).
AboutImmigration - 9-Jan-17 @ 3:06 PM
Hi Im a portuguese/brazilian citizen living in the UK for over 5 years, Im pregnant and my family is coming for the duo date, from my daddy side everyone have the Portuguese citizen, but my mom is brazilian, witch is the best option for visa for her? She is coming for 3 months, have ticket to return and she is traveling around europe while she is here, So a tourist visa would be the best option?
elmont - 9-Jan-17 @ 1:40 PM
hi, i have a daughter which is a british citizen living here in the philippines. i would like to ask what visa i should apply to accompany my daughter going to uk. if applying for a tourist visa the british grand mother of my daughter is going to sponsor me. i am not working here in the philippines though i have a small business like sari-sari store. i am not married to a british dad of my daughter and he is not working also. my question is, if i will apply for a tourist visa to accompany my british daughter going to uk will i be likely to get refuse since i have no job here? i have been in uk under student visa for 3 yrs and i went home after my visa. i also been to Hk for a tourist visa with my daugher. if i cannot apply for a tourist visa to uk. what else or kind of visa i should apply for me bring my daughter to uk? thank you
lhen - 7-Jan-17 @ 11:21 AM
Shabbir - Your Question:
Hi,I have my wife's real brother living in US and now a British Citizen. I would like to know is it possible for him to sponsor immigration visa for her. We are family of four my wife, myself and two minor kids. Is there any option we can exercise to apply for immigration on on my wife's British citizen brother.Please suggest. Appreciate your response.

Our Response:
Your only recourse to apply would be if your wife and her brother (who would act as a sponsor) fulfilled the entry requirements laid out in the gov.uk link here.
AboutImmigration - 5-Jan-17 @ 2:00 PM
Hi, I have my wife's real brother living in US and now a British Citizen. I would like to know is it possible for him to sponsor immigration visa for her. We are family of four my wife, myself and two minor kids. Is there any option we can exercise to apply for immigration on on my wife's British citizen brother. Please suggest. Appreciate your response.
Shabbir - 4-Jan-17 @ 9:54 PM
Hi I am a Pakistani National married to a Polish eu citizens we have been married for almost 10 years now in 2013 applied for permanent residency card on the basis of my EU spouse. Application was declined on the basis that my wife was not using exercising her eu treaty rights as you made a mistake in application the self-sufficient box without knowing the regulations about comprehensive sickness insurance. We had a solicitor did not give us the right guidance and we went into tribunal appeal where I work with the doctor again on the basis that my wife have not exercised treaty rights and even on the day of the tribunal hearing she was neither working nor was in possession of comprehensive sickness insurance. We then applied for another 5-year EEA family permit in order for me to stay legally in UK with my family by that time we had two children my wife started employment. This application was also declined and the reason given was that home office could not verify my wife's employment status through her employer. When did during appeal process and finally in April 2015 we won the tribunal appeal and I got another 5 Year eu family member permit. Now this new file your permit will expire sometime in 2020. Currently we have three children hopefully on its way. I would like to know if there is a way for me to apply once again for permanent residence and also for my wife to gain permanent UK residence. Bear in mind that my wife resumed employment from April 2014 which is continued till date. What would be the best route for our children to get the papers done. I understand there is a lot more detail to this case but I have outlined the important bits and highlight I will look forward to your reply and that you can help or assist in best possible way. Thank you
Han - 3-Jan-17 @ 12:00 PM
Rabu - Your Question:
Hi,we are four sisters are British citizenship. Do we want bring my mother. Is that possible to bring her.

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here . However, the requirements all have to be met to ensure her eligibility.
AboutImmigration - 3-Jan-17 @ 11:56 AM
Han - Your Question:
HiI am a Pakistani national living with my EU national wife in UK on EU family permit. We have been married 10 years and have 3 children. I would like to know if my wife can sponsor my Pakistani National mother on basis of EU family member or extended family member? I have tried twice applying for my mother's visit visa but have been refused on both occasions in last 4 years.Would appreciate a reply.Thanks

Our Response:
I'm afraid your mother's and wife's only route is to satisfy the requirements laid out in the gov.uk link here (which I imagine you have probably seen). However, there is no alternative route. The UK's focus is to slow immigration numbers and therefore, I'm afraid, its aim is not to make the process easy or straightforward.
AboutImmigration - 3-Jan-17 @ 11:06 AM
Hi,we are four sisters are British citizenship. Do we want bring my mother. Is that possible to bring her.
Rabu - 2-Jan-17 @ 10:23 AM
Hi I am a Pakistani national living with my EU national wife in UK on EU family permit. We have been married 10 years and have 3 children. I would like to know if my wife can sponsor my Pakistani National mother on basis of EU family member or extended family member? I have tried twice applying for my mother's visit visa but have been refused on both occasions in last 4 years. Would appreciate a reply. Thanks
Han - 2-Jan-17 @ 2:21 AM
Hi. I asked for EEA family permit visa for my half sister (same mother), and was refused with rights to appeal, so i need help about the documents i should provide to appeal. The two refusals reasons was: 1-the home office says that they are not satisfied with our relationship(even with both of us birth certificates - my and her's) we didn't provide our mothers birth certificate, she passed last year. 2-second reason of refusal was that they are not satisfied with me been her sponsor (even with the western union money transferences prove), they says as she still got a uncle in where she lives and living in our mothers fathers house (he passed since 1991 and no one psys rent in that jouse because just relatives lives there) abd they don't know if the uncle do not help her with food or living basis, so i need to prove our siblings relationship and that im the only one that support her financially and that she is financially my dependant, that i do provide food for her and pay her school. Regards
Nequi - 30-Dec-16 @ 2:53 PM
Hi. I asked for EEA family permit visa for my half sister (same mother), and was refused with rights to appeal, so i need help about the documents i should provide to appeal. The two refusals reasons was: 1-the home office says that they are not satisfied with our relationship(even with both of us birth certificates - my and her's) we didn't provide our mothers birth certificate, she passed last year. 2-second reason of refusal was that they are not satisfied with me been her sponsor (even with the western union money transferences prove), they says as she still got a uncle in where she lives and living in our mothers fathers house (he passed since 1991 and no one psys rent in that jouse because just relatives lives there) abd they don't know if the uncle do not help her with food or living basis, so i need to prove our siblings relationship and that im the only one that support her financially and that she is financially my dependant, that i do provide food for her and pay her school. Regards
Nequi - 30-Dec-16 @ 1:27 AM
Hi. I am South African married to UK citizen and I have Indefinite Leave to Remain. My brother needs me to take custody of his child. She is South African. How do I arrange for her to live with us?
Hel1 - 26-Dec-16 @ 5:20 PM
Hi, I have a tier 2 visa to work as a doctor in uk with my 2 kids. But I also have a 24yr old ward who isn't my biological child but I'm her legal guardian. Is it possible to get her a visa as well. If yes, how do I go about it?
jenny - 26-Dec-16 @ 1:47 PM
Hello, I am holding a refugee status visa leave to remainin the UK. I am wondering if I can sponsor my mother and my sister who's over 18, I would like your knowledge about this matter wether I am eligible to apply for them to join me in UK or not , Thank you
Ahmad - 21-Dec-16 @ 10:09 PM
Roy - Your Question:
Hi. I have a hearing for extended family member visa but there are some rumours that judges are not listening to these cases at all so I don't know what should I do then ? Is that true though ?

Our Response:
There is a very strict immigration procedure and the government is trying its upmost to reduce immigration into the UK. This means it is not an easy process and the judges are not lenient with regards to granting visas.
AboutImmigration - 20-Dec-16 @ 11:59 AM
Hi. I have a hearing for extended family member visa but there are some rumours that judges are not listening to these cases at all so I don't know what should I do then ? Is that true though ?
Roy - 19-Dec-16 @ 10:42 PM
KHAN - Your Question:
Hi, I would like to ask that my sister is british citizen and I am on student visa , So is there any chance that I can stay here for more rather than getting another extension as an student.

Our Response:
You would have to qualify for the eligibility requirements listed in the gov.uk link here. This is the only family visa open to you, therefore applying independently may suit you better.
AboutImmigration - 12-Dec-16 @ 1:56 PM
Hi, I would like to ask that my sister is british citizen and I am on student visa , So is there any chance that i can stay here for more rather than getting another extension as an student.
KHAN - 11-Dec-16 @ 8:25 PM
Ammar- Your Question:
Hi how are you Actually I have student visa it will be expired in January 2017 I am from iraqI would like to stay in UK and my uncle lives in Uk since 35 years and has UK passport Is it possible to get uk visa by my uncle passport or mu uncle will do sponsor to my visa Many thanks Ammar

Our Response:
In order to apply for your uncle to sponsor you, you would have to leave the country when your visa expires and make a fresh application, please see link here . You can extend your student visa if you meet the requirement via the link here.
AboutImmigration - 2-Dec-16 @ 12:47 PM
Hi how are you Actually I have student visa it will be expired in January 2017 i am from iraq I would like to stay in UK and my uncle lives in Uk since 35 years and has UK passport Is it possible to get uk visa by my uncle passport or mu uncle will do sponsor to my visa Many thanks Ammar
Ammar - 1-Dec-16 @ 8:36 PM
Hi .I just asking what kind of visa to my daughter gonna be .she 21 year old.im planing to bringher in uk.im a indefinate leave to remain in uk nearly11 year.
Ning - 14-Nov-16 @ 11:58 PM
Hi, I was just wondering whay type of visa should I apply. My mother is a filipina but she is already a british citizen she's in london for more than 10years. What does she needs to do or accomplish for her to be able to bring me to London? I'm already 23years old. Thanks.
nikki - 2-Nov-16 @ 11:11 AM
Hi I am a Bangladeshi national currently have an extended family member visa (My sister is an EEA national exercising treaty rights to live and work in the UK). October 2012 my wife (Bangladeshi citizen) came in UK as a dependent of mine when I had TIER 1 post study visa. We both (Me and my wife) applied for EEA2 application on August 2014 which was refused on October 2014. November 2014, we made a fresh EEA2 application for a residence card on the basis of a household member or dependent family member of an EEA national. However, the application was refused on 9th March 2015. May 2016 we had a First tier tribunal court hearing and my appeal was allowed and received my visa August 2016 but my wife’s appeal was declined. My wife currently 4 months pregnant and we have a 1 year old baby boy who born in London UK. Please advise me – what type of visa application should I apply for my wife? Do I need to apply for my Baby boy as well??? Should I apply for FLR(FP) or should I try again eea2 extended family member application? I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards, Moinul Sajib 07423 084 702 At a glance:- ? Sifat Farha DOB – 00/00/1986 ? 20 October 2012 – 16 August 2014 = Tier 1 (Post Study) Partner M A Sajib = Spouse Visa ? 15 August 2014 = Applied for EEA2 (European Union Extended Family member) Visa in UK, refused in 21st October 2014, Without Right to Appeal. ? EEA2 2nd Fresh Application submitted (Within 25 Days) – 15 November 2014 ? EEA2 2nd Application Refuse Again – 9th March 2015 with Right to Appeal. ? Appeal lodged (Order has been Accepted) – April 2015 ? First Tier Tribunal hearing date = 18th May 2016 ? First Tier Tribunal Court Decision & Reasons received = 23th May 2016 *** Partner M A Sajib’s EEA2 Appeal Allowed but Sifat Farha’s appeal was Not Allowed. *** Partner M A Sajib received EEA2 visa on 26th August 2016 valid till 26th August 2021. ? Sifat Farha is now 4 months pregnant and we have a 1 year old baby boy, born October 2015 in London UK
Sajib - 19-Oct-16 @ 9:04 PM
I am 21 years old born and raised in Nigeria. I want to move to the uk to settle with my uncle as he is British and ready to sponsor me. he has a six bedroom house and earns more than enough income to take care of me. is it possible for me to move to the uk as a family member of a British citizen? if not, what other ways are available for settlement
pumpyn - 16-Oct-16 @ 1:01 PM
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