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Applying for Visas for Extended Family

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 22 Mar 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...my mom has got an opportunity to move to the UK to work as a nurse..and I will be getting married soon..so my question is will my mom be still able to sponsor me once I am married?? Or is there any way where I can be on a dependant visa..? Thanks
Sil - 22-Mar-17 @ 6:40 PM
@Roy - Brexit - article 50 withdrawal has just been announced that it's going to be triggered on 29th March - that'll throw everything up in the air. Yan.
YAAA - 20-Mar-17 @ 12:56 PM
Iyomski - Your Question:
HiI am irish citizen and so is my husband and our four children. We all live in England and my husband and I are working.I have a sister who lives in Italy with her daughter and will like to visit us in the UK but I am not sure what the requirements for to visit is and how likely is It for her visa to be granted. My sister works in Italy. Advice please. Thanks

Our Response:
As Italy is an EU member, then if your sister is an Italian citizen she has freedom of movement and does not need a visa to visit the UK. If she is not an EU citizen, then she would have to apply for a standard visitor visa here.
AboutImmigration - 20-Mar-17 @ 11:43 AM
Hi. I recently applied for extended European family member visa, just wondering, what is the success rate in these days? Are they giving visa to this category or not ? Your reply would be highly appreciated. Thanks
Roy - 19-Mar-17 @ 5:23 PM
Hi I am irish citizen and so is my husband and our four children. We all live in England and my husband and I are working. I have a sister who lives in Italy with her daughter and will like to visit us in the UK but I am not sure what the requirements for to visit is and how likely is It for her visa to be granted. My sister works in Italy. Advice please. Thanks
Iyomski - 19-Mar-17 @ 12:16 PM
I am a British citizen through marriage. My brother had to leave Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa. He is now destitute and not able to find work due to his ethnicity and age. There is no one for him to go to and I can't continue to support him there. Is there a way we can apply for him to move here to the UK to be with us as a family please?
Lori - 18-Mar-17 @ 10:27 AM
AKA-N - Your Question:
I have been married for 20 something years and my husband was deported September 2016. I want to know what happens to family that he has left behind? No one has done any follow up to see how we are doing as a family. Moving to Jamaica in not an option, my husband is relying on the kindness of friends to support him, so he has no money to support himself or us. Where does that leave us? I am not in the financial situation to visit Jamaica to maintain a healthy relationship, so where does that leave us? What support or assistance is there for the families in the this situation?

Our Response:
There is no particular support for families in this situation where an immigration crime has been committed. You don't say how long you have personally been in the UK, and whether you are are entitled to state benefits to help support you and your family, or if you are working you may be able to apply for working tax credits. Additionally if you have been rendered homeless because of this, you may have to approach charitable organisations for help. Turn2Us may also be able to help here.
AboutImmigration - 14-Mar-17 @ 11:20 AM
I have been married for 20 something years and my husband was deported September 2016. I want to know what happens to family that he has left behind? No one has done any follow up to see how we are doing as a family. Moving to Jamaica in not an option, my husband is relying on the kindness of friends to support him, so he has no money to support himself or us. Where does that leave us? I am not in the financial situation to visit Jamaica to maintain a healthy relationship, so where does that leave us? What support or assistance is there for the families in the this situation?
AKA-N - 13-Mar-17 @ 12:04 PM
Hi, I'm married to EU citizen and i have 5 year visa in the U.K. I have a brother who is studying in other European country and I want to bring him to the uk. My wife works as a self employed and since about a year she is supporting my brother (means her brother in law) financially. Can we apply for his visa (extended family member)? Is this possible that he can get it?
Ali - 3-Mar-17 @ 10:15 AM
Al - Your Question:
Hi!!!!! I'm alain we live in the uk for 11 year we got 4 kids.my wife is a full time nurse in medway hospital and I'm also running my own landscaping limeTed company.due to conflict of time table I'm planning to bring my cousin to take care of my 5year old boy to bring and pick him after school.what are the complete requirments checklist that I need to comply to be send asap.so I can have all the time to relax

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here, which should tell you all you need to know.
AboutImmigration - 20-Feb-17 @ 10:37 AM
Hi!!!!! I'm alain we live inthe ukfor 11 year we got 4 kids .my wife is a full time nurse in medway hospital and I'm also running my own landscapinglimeTed company.due to conflict of time table I'm planning to bring my cousin to take care of my 5year old boy to bring and pick him after school.what are the complete requirments checklist that I need to comply to be send asap.so I can have all the time to relax
Al - 19-Feb-17 @ 6:12 AM
Hi.! Im 19year old. My mother is Portuguese passport holder! I want to know if i can go dependent on my mother? If yes than what are the proofs ill have to show in the UK ambassy? At the time of visa application?
Celo - 17-Feb-17 @ 5:50 AM
Tanya - Your Question:
I am married to a non EU national in Afghanistan and I want my husband to come over and visit me as I am pregnant As he is still running his own business in Afghanistan so there for he can not come over forever but can come for a visit till his business contract is over which is for one more year. What type of visit visa can I get for my husband to just visit me for a while couple of months

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here, which will help you further.
AboutImmigration - 13-Feb-17 @ 10:10 AM
I am married to a non EU national in Afghanistan and I want my husband to come over and visit me as I am pregnant As heis still running his own business in Afghanistan so there for he can not come over forever but can come for a visit till his business contract is over which is for one more year. What type of visit visa can I get for my husband to just visitme for a while couple of months
Tanya - 12-Feb-17 @ 1:54 AM
I have an indefinate live to remain status as a refugee status...I want to bring my stepson who lost his mother in Zimbabwe to come & stay with me & my children , he's 15years old is it possible , how do I go about it Thnx
Prussells70 - 11-Feb-17 @ 5:44 PM
I am getting more confused as I go along. I am British by birth and I live in the UK. My fiancee is now a British citizen but is from Albania originally (20yrs ago) We would like her mother to visit to see my partner and her children (her grand children) and my family members as they are getting older and do not wish to fly or travel abroad due to my fathers illness. So what do I need to do to invite her over to the UK for 2-3weeks? I have asked so many people and HMHO and I get conflicting advice. I believe a letter of invite is required but what do I ned to supply with it? do I need to show them my payslips, bank accounts and or passports? If anyone can help please do....does this article above come into play? Thannk you
Jonleda - 30-Jan-17 @ 5:17 PM
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
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