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Applying for Visas for Extended Family

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 22 Feb 2019 | 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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@Rich mcd - Your step daughter will not be able to apply for a family visa as a dependant because she is over 18. She would only be able to apply if you were an EU citizen from another EU country living in the UK or if you were living as a British citizen in another EU country. After her tier 4 visa expires, she should find work if she wishes to remain in the UK.
TJ. - 22-Feb-19 @ 10:33 AM
Thank you for your reply. I am a little confused though because of the clause you mention above: "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." As the situation will be that once her mother is settled into the UK as my spouse (my step-daughter should at that time be in college with a Tier 4 Visa) she would be alone in Brazil if she were not living with us and studying in the UK. Subsequently she would then have to return to Brazil and be alone. Therefore, if she wants to settle in the UK, in order to be in the same country as her mother (she has no siblings) and as she will have been and would continue to be dependent upon her mother and me; could an application be made on the grounds of extended family membership in her case, if she wishes? Thank you
Rich mcd - 22-Feb-19 @ 9:09 AM
@Rich mcd - Your step daughter cannot apply for a family visa as a dependant as she is over 18. She will have to apply for a tier 4 visa if she wishes to come to the UK for studies. In order to be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain she will have to live legally and continuously in the UK for at least 10 years as the tier 4 visa is not eligible for the 5 year route.
TJ. - 21-Feb-19 @ 10:29 AM
@Annluv - If your sister and her children are truly dependant on your parents then she should apply for an EU family permit as soon as possible before Brexit.
TJ. - 21-Feb-19 @ 10:19 AM
I am British. I intend to marry my Brazilian long term partner and for us to live in the UK. My 19 year step-daughter is planning on obtaining a Tier 4 Visa to study here. She is dependent on me, currently living alone in Brazil. I will be financing her studies and in due course her mother should qualify for indefinite leave to remain and work in the UK. Will my step-daughter have the option to try to settle in the UK as a dependent relative in due course should she decide that she would like to settle and naturalize based on a 5 year dependent residency route without recourse to public funds during this time? Ultimately she should have a UK university degree and has already been offered a college place having met the requirements for an international student. Can you please advise on her options?
Rich mcd - 21-Feb-19 @ 9:32 AM
Hi my parents italian citizen and living in UK for five years and continously working full time job. They want to bring my sister and her four kids in uk from Ghana because they depend upon them and they're sending them money from uk properly. Please give me advise whether can I apply for family member visa if yes so how many chances to get it. Before we applied visit visa for them which they were refused from uk Consulate in Ghana. Note. My sister is married so she wouldn't be dependent of her parents. Can we apply for the kids only?
Annluv - 17-Feb-19 @ 7:16 AM
@Buba - You can apply for an EEA family permit to bring your mum to the UK. This permit may no longer be available if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
TJ. - 13-Feb-19 @ 10:12 AM
I want to bring my mom from gambia to uk I have Spanish passport
Buba - 12-Feb-19 @ 7:06 PM
@Wes - Unfortunately because your wife is living an independent life neither her or her family can be sponsored by her mother or her step parent to come to the UK.
TJ. - 9-Feb-19 @ 12:28 PM
HelloI am a U.S citizen my wife’s mother just married a UK citizen and relocated to the United Kingdom. We don’t rely on them in anyway and don’t need public funds of any kind.can we also moveto United Kingdom so my wife can live near her mother?
Wes - 9-Feb-19 @ 3:13 AM
@Naveed - Your brother cannot be considered dependant on you if he has a wife and children
TJ. - 28-Jan-19 @ 10:20 AM
Hi I am a Spanish citizen and living in UK for two years and continously working full time job. My two Spanish minor child and wife are living with me and depend upon me. I want to bring my brother and his three kids and wife here in uk from Pakistan because still they're depend upon me and I am sending them money from uk properly. Please give me advise whether can I apply for.them extended family member visa if yes so how many chances to get it. Before I applied visit visa for my mother which they have refused from uk Consulate in Pakistan.
Naveed - 27-Jan-19 @ 3:04 AM
Is it possible for my elder sister to obtain UK visitors Visa for her younger sister's son alongside her own children when they all want to come for visiting/holiday. How can she go about it. Please, notify me of your response through my email. Thank you
Funkiano - 23-Jan-19 @ 12:15 AM
@Roy - you can apply for the EEA family permit for extended family members.
TJ. - 22-Jan-19 @ 10:20 AM
Hello! I am an EU citizen living in the UK for 3 years now. I would like to bring my (adults) brother or my sister here in the UK they have both Filipino passport , both financially dependent on me, is this possible?
Roy - 19-Jan-19 @ 6:28 PM
Hi.i am european National, living & working in uk.can I bring in uk my married daughter & grand daughter still economically depending on me .as a extend faimly member??
No - 6-Dec-18 @ 1:37 PM
Hi my husband have spainsh nationality.we live in uk.he want to aplly extended family visa for brother with fimily he have 4 childrens.my husband send money threemonth.but i m not happy.i have 2 children.it will very hard for me.what should i do.
Aisha - 30-Nov-18 @ 10:04 PM
Hello, I'm an Eu citizen, I have 2 daughter with my previous partner age 23 and 25, they are both in the Philippines and have families if their own but still depending support from me, will I be able to bring them here in Uk?
JENNY - 3-Nov-18 @ 12:47 PM
Im eu national.ilive in uk with family.can i aplly my brother family pak as a extended family.i send him mony three minth constetly.he has 4 children
Aisha - 30-Oct-18 @ 11:06 PM
Hi i am currently married to my romanian wife who has been in this country for 3 years she is about to take over looking after her 11 year old nephew and was wondering how we would go about bringing him to live with us in u.k ?any advice welcom
Adam1 - 18-Oct-18 @ 12:32 PM
I am an EU citizen residing in the UK. My elder brother, aged 65, is from Venezuela. He is financially dependent on me and has no other family in Venezuela. Can I bring him to live in the UK as an extended family member? Thank you for your comments
Thea - 17-Oct-18 @ 1:57 PM
@Diogo - EU citizens living in the UK can apply to sponsor an extended family member. British citizens living in the UK cannot sponsor extended family members. You will only be able to sponsor your brother if you both move to another EU country.
TJ. - 14-Oct-18 @ 3:21 PM
I am an EU national living in the UK since 2006. In 2013 I also became British Citizen. My brother is from Brazil and he came to visit me in September this year and they grant him a 6 month tourist visa at the airport. Now I want him to be living here with me. Can I apply his residency as an Extended Family Member? He is part of my household, therefore he is my dependent at the moment, he is 28 years old.
Diogo - 14-Oct-18 @ 1:13 PM
@Zbu - You cannot sponsor a brother-in-law for a visa both under UK or EU law
TJ. - 7-Oct-18 @ 10:41 AM
hi guys.my wife hold polish passport and i m her spouse .i applied for my brother extended family member visa from pakistan but he refused.according to homeoffice they did some changes in law on 1st of FEB 2017regulation 8 2016.according to regulation 8.my wife can call her extended family member but her spouse(me) can,t bcz she belong to EU country thats y she can call her family. please let me knowif anybody can help me. THANKS
zbu - 6-Oct-18 @ 12:53 PM
I need some help please. I am an EU national living in the UK and have permanent residence here. I would like to sponsor my sister who lives in India, she is 25. Can she apply for EEA family permit as is my extended family ? If yes, what documents do I need to support her application as a dependent? I’ve seen the eligibility criteria and the documents required however not clear on what to provide to show she’s dependent on me.
AJ - 16-Sep-18 @ 10:00 AM
@Olz - There are currently no provisions for British citizens to bring foreign grandchildren to the UK. You could however seek his parent's permission to legally adopt him as your child.
TJ. - 12-Sep-18 @ 4:19 PM
Hi, my grandchild is in South Africa, my son is jobless and homeless and no longer speaks to the mother. I want to bring my grandchild here, where do I start? Thank you
Olz - 12-Sep-18 @ 10:35 AM
@Freddy - You can apply for a family visa as a dependant if you are over 18 but your mother must be living in the UK, you must prove that are not living an independent life and she must prove that she has sufficient income to support you. If you have a British grandparent you should also consider applying for an Ancestry visa
TJ. - 25-Aug-18 @ 11:20 PM
PLEASE ANSWER THIS! I am here on a Tier 4 Visa which is about to expire. MY MOTHER IS BRITISH AND I AM OVER 18. My British mother does not currently reside in the UK but she wants to come liver here. Will I be able to get a family visa??? Are there conditions to it??? If yes, what are they???
Freddy - 24-Aug-18 @ 7:45 PM
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