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Applying for Visas for Extended Family

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 6 Aug 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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Riz - Your Question:
Hi everyone.i have been living in U.K. For 7 years.i m non eu and I got marry with eu citizen.i wanna call my brother to uk.he is 24 years old.please let me know what is the procedure,which visa I need to apply and which documents required?

Our Response:
Please see the gov.uk link here to see if you qualify.
AboutImmigration - 7-Aug-17 @ 3:40 PM
Hi everyone.i have been living in U.K. For 7 years.i m non eu and I got marry with eu citizen.i wanna call my brother to uk.he is 24 years old.please let me know what is the procedure,which visa I need to apply and which documents required?
Riz - 6-Aug-17 @ 1:58 PM
Hi I am living in UK from last 15 years. I want to call my sister and her husband and they have 2 kids 5yrs and 14 yrs. I support them because they lost business in India. Can I bring them to uk permanently.
Pb - 27-Jul-17 @ 9:55 PM
@Boyniba. Your sister would have to apply for a work visa independently of you.
Rudi - 24-Jul-17 @ 3:07 PM
I am originally from the Fiji Islands, I joined the British army in 2000 and now I'm a British citizen, I want to get my sister over to come and work, what type of visa will my sister need to be able to join me and work?
Boyniba - 23-Jul-17 @ 3:45 AM
amazinggrace - Your Question:
Hii have lived in UK for 9 years and have naturalised to a british citizen. Can I invite my 16 year old sister from Africa as my dependant since my mother passed away and she has no one to live with

Our Response:
The gov.uk link here will tell you all you need to know.
AboutImmigration - 17-Jul-17 @ 12:59 PM
hi ihave lived in UK for 9 years and have naturalised to a british citizen.. Can i invite my 16 year old sister from Africa as my dependant since my mother passed away and she has no one to live with
amazinggrace - 15-Jul-17 @ 8:57 PM
Topdoghoward - Your Question:
Hi I'm British and my wife has been a UK citizen for the past 14 years, my father-in-law recently passed away age 73, since his passing my motherinlaw age 74 health has deteriorated, memory loss and is struggling with normal day to day life and she also is diabetic, has lost about 10kg since March. My father-in-law was the same 6 month ago health deteriorated and lost weight and so we tried to put him in a home/hospital tried many but found one who would take him in but when my wife and daughter visited him recently (there first visit to see him at the home/hospital) they said it was like a prison he kept on asking he wanted to go home, but didn't know what his address or name but recognised the family and ask where the English man was. But on the following early morning he passed away. I don't want this to happen to my motherinlaw, my wife and daughter is struggling to come to terms of there father/grandfather passing. I wonder how many refusal of the new process in obtaining a VISA. We have already made enquiries in home care (UK) for a few hours a day whilst we at work. The care in her home country is shocking at best. The doctors who was looking after my fatherinlaw, and after his death they have been saying to look after the mother and the best care is done by family as they (home/hospital) can't give the same care, as far as my father-in-law the helpers are strangers. this did cause more mentally harm despite there good intentions. My mother-in-law has no relatives in her country and her half sister who is older and disabled lives in war torn Eastern Ukraine. Her daughter and granddaughter both lives in the UK. The my wife and I have a large house with downstairs bathroom and able to convert a room for her bedroom if necessary, we looking to care for her as family member.We know she has no right to claim any benefits and have savings to pay for her care in the UK. Paying for care overseas we don't know if all money would be used for mother-in-law care due the amount of corruption. It's hard enough to buy goods by card.Any information would gladly welcome.Thanks

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here which should help to answer your question.
AboutImmigration - 10-Jul-17 @ 3:12 PM
Hi I'm British and my wife has been a UK citizen for the past 14 years, my father-in-law recently passed away age 73, since his passing my motherinlaw age 74 health has deteriorated, memory loss and is struggling with normal day to day life and she also is diabetic, has lost about 10kg since March. My father-in-law was the same 6 month ago health deteriorated and lost weight and so we tried to put him in a home/hospital tried many but found one who would take him in but when my wife and daughter visited him recently (there first visit to see him at the home/hospital) they said it was like a prison he kept on asking he wanted to go home, but didn't know what his address or name but recognised the family and ask where the English man was. But on the following early morning he passed away. I don't want this to happen to my motherinlaw, my wife and daughter is struggling to come to terms of there father/grandfather passing. I wonder how many refusal of the new process in obtaining a VISA. We have already made enquiries in home care (UK) for a few hours a day whilst we at work.The care in her home country is shocking at best. The doctors who was looking after my fatherinlaw, and after his death they have been saying to look after the mother and the best care is done by family as they (home/hospital) can't give the same care, as far as my father-in-law the helpers are strangers. this did cause more mentally harm despite there good intentions. My mother-in-law has no relatives in her country and her half sister who is older and disabled lives in war torn Eastern Ukraine. Her daughter and granddaughter both lives in the UK. The my wife and I have a large house with downstairs bathroom and able to convert a room for her bedroom if necessary, we looking to care for her as family member. We know she has no right to claim any benefits and have savings to pay for her care in the UK. Paying for care overseas we don't know if all money would be used for mother-in-law care due the amount of corruption. It's hard enough to buy goods by card. Any information would gladly welcome. Thanks
Topdoghoward - 8-Jul-17 @ 8:44 PM
Hi I'm British and my wife has been a UK citizen for the past 14 years, my father-in-law recently passed away age 73, since his passing my motherinlaw age 74 health has deteriorated, memory loss and is struggling with normal day to day life and she also is diabetic, has lost about 10kg since March. My father-in-law was the same 6 month ago health deteriorated and lost weight and so we tried to put him in a home/hospital tried many but found one who would take him in but when my wife and daughter visited him recently (there first visit to see him at the home/hospital) they said it was like a prison he kept on asking he wanted to go home, but didn't know what his address or name but recognised the family and ask where the English man was. But on the following early morning he passed away. I don't want this to happen to my motherinlaw, my wife and daughter is struggling to come to terms of there father/grandfather passing. I wonder how many refusal of the new process in obtaining a VISA. We have already made enquiries in home care (UK) for a few hours a day whilst we at work.The care in her home country is shocking at best. The doctors who was looking after my fatherinlaw, and after his death they have been saying to look after the mother and the best care is done by family as they (home/hospital) can't give the same care, as far as my father-in-law the helpers are strangers. this did cause more mentally harm despite there good intentions. My mother-in-law has no relatives in her country and her half sister who is older and disabled lives in war torn Eastern Ukraine. Her daughter and granddaughter both lives in the UK. The my wife and I have a large house with downstairs bathroom and able to convert a room for her bedroom if necessary, we looking to care for her as family member. We know she has no right to claim any benefits and have savings to pay for her care in the UK. Paying for care overseas we don't know if all money would be used for mother-in-law care due the amount of corruption. It's hard enough to buy goods by card. Any information would gladly welcome. Thanks
Topdoghoward - 8-Jul-17 @ 8:05 PM
Olla - Your Question:
I have an unmarried partner in a non-EU county who I wish to bring in to live with me; would visa be granted for her and her 12 year old child if application is made for both of them. NB: I have an ILR in the UK

Our Response:
You can apply for both mother and child if you fulfil the eligibility requirements in the link here .
AboutImmigration - 6-Jul-17 @ 11:16 AM
I have an unmarried partner in a non-EU county who I wish to bring in to live with me; would visa be granted for her and her 12 year old child if application is made for both of them. NB: I have an ILR in the UK
Olla - 4-Jul-17 @ 4:26 PM
Sule - Your Question:
I have a visit visa to the U.K and I'm married to a UK citizen, can I apply to have indefinite leave to stay in the UK? your responds is highly appreciated.Sule

Our Response:
You would not be able to apply to live in the UK as an extension of your visitor visa. In order to be able to live in the UK on a visa dependent upon your spouse, you would have to return to your home country and apply via the link here. However, both you and your spouse would have to satisfy all the requirements laid out in the eligibility section in order to be able to apply.
AboutImmigration - 29-Jun-17 @ 11:38 AM
I have a visit visa to the U.K and I'm married to a UK citizen, can I apply to have indefinite leave to stay in the UK? your responds is highly appreciated. Sule
Sule - 27-Jun-17 @ 4:04 PM
Additionally, to my comments below, in relation to sending funds to her in Bangladesh - my Uncle and Aunts, Grandmother's children, have got receipts of sending her funds; however, I have not personally sent any funds to her. Would this likely to be an issue, with me being the sponsor? I can send her money between now and when I submit the application, but I have no historic receipts.
Rai - 8-Jun-17 @ 11:32 AM
I am currently filling out an online UKBA form to bring my Bangladeshi Grandmother to the UK, as she is widowed and alone in Bangladesh. I am applying for settlement - am I allowed to fill the form as her, as she does not have access to internet in Bangladesh, and I am filling it out in English with all her details? She is also diabetic and has several other illnesses; what do I need to provide in terms of this? Additionally, I know she is not allowed access to public funds - if she is paying the NHS surcharge, and she if over 65 years, is she allowed to then be seen by the NHS in the UK? Or do we have to show we will pay for her private treatment in the UK and all her medication? She has also visited UK several time over the past 10 years, is there anything we should mention/ look out for in the Application Form? Many thanks.
Rai - 8-Jun-17 @ 10:01 AM
Hi I am filipino married to British man and we have 2 small kids age 3 years and 4 month baby my parents are filipino too they came here for 6 month with family visiting visa and at the end of this monththeir visa will finished I can't cope with the 2 kids and my husband working most of the time, is it possible to extend their visa please to stay with us. What i supposed to do to extend their visa. Thanks Aileen
Aileen - 8-Jun-17 @ 7:31 AM
Hi I am filipino married to British man and we have to small kids age 3 years and 4 month baby my parents are filipino too they came here for 6 month with family visiting visa and at the end of this monththeir visa will finished I can't cope with the 2 kids and my husband working most of the timeis it possible to extend their visa please. What i supposed to do to extend their visa. Thanks Aileen
Aileen - 8-Jun-17 @ 7:24 AM
VLMC - Your Question:
Hello; my cousin is a EU citizen married to an non EU or EEA citizen with non EU children. They are living in the UK but his wife's family visa expired. He is working and earning an income that allows him to provide for his family. They recently applied for a EEA residence certificate to confirm they can live in the UK but was declined as the Home Office believed that they didn't meet the criteria even though all documentation was provided. What will be the best solution now? Should my cousins wife and children apply for an extended visa or for a residence card? Thanks

Our Response:
I'm afraid we can only offer non-specific guidance. You might be able to ask for the decision on your visa or immigration application to be reviewed if you applied in the UK, please see link here. Otherwise, you may wish to explore your options via an independent immigration adviser, please see link here .
AboutImmigration - 1-Jun-17 @ 9:50 AM
Hi! I am a British citizen living in uk I want to get my niece here in uk to look after my mum who have cancer as well as my 2 daughters...I also have kidney problem and to start dialysis soon...is there a possibility to get my niece to live with us but not a visitor visa...please help me?
Sel - 31-May-17 @ 12:38 PM
Hello; my cousin is a EU citizen married to an non EU or EEA citizen with non EU children. They are living in the UK but his wife's family visa expired. He is working and earning an income that allows him to provide for his family. They recently applied for a EEA residence certificate to confirm they can live in the UK but was declined as the Home Office believed that they didn't meet the criteria even though all documentation was provided. What will be the best solution now? Should my cousins wife and children apply for an extended visa or for a residence card? Thanks
VLMC - 31-May-17 @ 7:04 AM
I would like to bring my auntie back to the uk to live with us, how would I go about doing this?
Nate - 29-May-17 @ 4:34 PM
Sham - Your Question:
I would like to bring my step mother from Bangladesh to the UK to join my unwell father. My father is on receipt of PIP which means he does not need to meet financial requirements however needs to show adequate maintenance however his only source of income is ESA and housing benifits and council tax. Cpuld I sponsor her ?

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here which should help answer your question.
AboutImmigration - 26-May-17 @ 10:48 AM
I would like to bring my step mother from Bangladesh to the UK to join my unwell father. My father is on receipt of PIP which means he does not need to meet financial requirements however needs to show adequate maintenance however his only source of income is ESA and housing benifits and council tax. Cpuld I sponsor her ?
Sham - 25-May-17 @ 1:26 PM
OsJ - Your Question:
Hi! My husband was deported almost three years ago as his visa was not extended. We are now married and he has an EU residence permit. I am a British citizen. Is he able to travel to the UK with me on a short visit? how does the deportation affect future travel to the UK?

Our Response:
Much depends upon how your husband left the UK. If he left the UK voluntarily before a removal notice was served and at their own expense, he will be subject to a one- year re-entry ban. If he left the UK at the expense of the Home Office, it is a two-year ban. If he was served with removal notice, and did not leave the UK within six months, then a five-year ban will be in place. Ten year re-entry ban is mandatory to those who were removed by the Secretary of State through deportation. There are exceptions, but you would need to speak to an independent immigration officer to find out what mandatory re-entry ban applies to your husband and what his chances are regarding being allowed back into the UK.
AboutImmigration - 22-May-17 @ 11:55 AM
Hi! My husband was deported almost three years ago as his visa was not extended. We are now married and he has an EU residence permit. I am a British citizen. Is he able to travel to the UK with me on a short visit? how does the deportation affect future travel to the UK?
OsJ - 21-May-17 @ 5:21 PM
Mel - Your Question:
Hello sir. I am a Portuguese citizen in UK and would like to bring my mother(Indian) to the UK to live with me. She is 53 years old and is a widow. I am the only child and the only one she has. Please help me.

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here for more information.
AboutImmigration - 18-May-17 @ 12:57 PM
Hi, i am a Cuban citizen living in UK for more than 6 years now, i am on the process of becoming a British Citizen as I am married to one, my question is: after I become a British Citizen does my nephew in Cuba qualifies to join me with an Extended family EEA permit?, my nephew and my family depend on me financially, he is in Cuba now and I can proof that he has been living in my household in Cuba for more that 20 years and we were living and raised in the same house over there until I came to live in UK, could anyone help me and clarify my doubts on what my real chances are, thanks a lot
rhgm - 18-May-17 @ 10:34 AM
Hello sir. I am a Portuguese citizen in UK and would like to bring my mother(Indian) to the UK to live with me. She is 53 years old and is a widow. I am the only child and the only one she has. Please help me.
Mel - 18-May-17 @ 12:30 AM
Hi I've been leaving in the U.K. From 2007 I've been applying for a visa and turned down I now have 3 grand children my son and my daughter in law all have visas the daughter in law is British and the kids how do I go about this one thanks
Grace - 16-May-17 @ 5:31 PM
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