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Applying for Visas for Extended Family

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 16 Sep 2018 | 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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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
@Kat - If you share parental responsibility for the children you will not be able to apply for a visa to come to the UK as their parent. If you have sole custody for the children and their father is not at all involved in their lives, you can apply using the FLR(FP) form. Your children will have to be living in the UK before you can apply TJ. - 18-Jul-18 @ 12:46 PM Thanks for your reply ! Me and my husband aren’t together since 2010 and he isn’tinvolved in their lives at all, but we never got divorced . Does that mean I can’t apply for a visa? Or perhaps I can prove that father isn’t involved in their lives ? Thanks again for your help Kat
Kat - 20-Jul-18 @ 8:21 AM
@Kat - If you share parental responsibility for the children you will not be able to apply for a visa to come to the UK as their parent. If you have sole custody for the children and their father is not at all involved in their lives, you can apply using the FLR(FP) form. Your children will have to be living in the UK before you can apply
TJ. - 18-Jul-18 @ 12:46 PM
Hello, My two 9yo children are British National, We currently live in russia ,but I would like for them to study and live in England .Will I be able to apply and what kind of visa I can apply to live in UK with my kids. Ps My husband is British National but doesn’t live nether planning to live in Uk Kids grandparents live in Uk (if it helps)
Kat - 17-Jul-18 @ 8:32 PM
I want invite my mother to uk for visiter me and my kids becausewe do not see her longe time ago and I really miss her she is is well miss us my mama she is 70 years old . Do I can apply invitation for her when I am in penfet but I will be have all respon to her. Thank you for read .
Misk - 11-Jul-18 @ 7:10 AM
@Shaz - It is not possible to sponsor an adult sibling for a family visa unless you were living in another EU country
TJ. - 2-Jul-18 @ 11:29 PM
My husband and myself are uk citizens would i be able to bring my husbands youngest brother to the uk hes 30 and single but how and what is the process?
Shaz - 2-Jul-18 @ 1:02 PM
how possible is it for my uncle leaving out of Nigeria to apply visa for me leaving here in Nigeria
Ebus - 28-Jun-18 @ 11:08 AM
EJ - Your Question:
Could it be possible to bring my 27 and 25 years old sons here in the UK?

Our Response:
You would not be able to bring them to the UK to live if you don't fulfil any of the requirements laid out via the link here. Alternatively, your sons could apply for a visitor visa if they wish to visit the UK. However, they would not be eligible to stay in the UK for longer than a maximum term of six months.
AboutImmigration - 21-Jun-18 @ 10:07 AM
Could it be possible to bring my 27 and 25 years old sons here in the UK?
EJ - 20-Jun-18 @ 1:25 PM
Hi I am a Nigerian living in the uk with a 5 year resident but I am currently in Nigeria and I had a baby in the uk but I brought the baby back to Nigeria without a passport. But my step mother which is the baby step grandmother is an EEA National and she wants to bring the baby back to uk as the grand mother and we have lived in her house in the uk before coming to Nigeria and we were dependent on her until now but she normally sends money for our upkeep through my account and not through western union but when ww applied for a visa for the baby it was denied bcs we connected prove our financial support.bcs there was no evidence. My question is she wants to start sending money through western union from this month for like three months bf applying again will this evidence be accepted because its going to be a recent evidence. Please I will be waiting for a reply because this was the reason the visa was denied and I cannot go back to uk without my baby he is just a year and 2months old
Sonic - 9-Jun-18 @ 5:19 PM
@Eizor - If you are currently living in the UK legally under a spouse family visa you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (Permanent Residency) in the UK immediately after your husband dies using the SET(O) form. The application fee is currently £2,389
TJ. - 6-Jun-18 @ 5:50 PM
Hi, I'm Brazilian, and been living with an English man for 13 years, it only four years ago we got married in Gibraltar, because we did live 12 years in Spain, it is only about a year and months we are living in the UK, but my husband as I would say, is since 2010 ill, and in 2015 he been diagnosed with terminal cancer, so he diced to come to UK for the end of his life. Ok We did apply for a visa for me, whichis BRC, and I'm as a family member of my husband, I been told if he pass way, with this BRC, if I haven't got a work or self-mateine, I will lose my rights to keep living here in the UK, that's mean I have to go back to my country. What about of the 13 years we are together? what about the 9 years I'm looking after him, I'm his carer, but I don't receive any benefit and I'm not looking for that, also I'm still having troubles to sort out my NINO, it been refused twice, but I did apply it again, fingers crossed, so maybe I can get 3 days work a week, I do understand everybody's talking, but right now I'm not able to work or to raise the money to pay for professional advises, and I just think, that people really don't care or seeabout the dedication, the love the care. My husband can't do nothing since he sometimes gets confuse...I'm so sad and wondering if anybody out there could help me with this situation please. Thank you.
Eizor - 6-Jun-18 @ 3:54 PM
Grim - Your Question:
Hello me and my wife have been married for close to 10 years now and we were looking to move to England where she is from. We currently live in the United States. We were curious about the steps we would have to take to move me there. Can anyone help me with this by chance?

Our Response:
Please see the link here, which should tell you all you need to know.
AboutImmigration - 4-Jun-18 @ 2:39 PM
Hello me and my wife have been married for close to 10 years now and we were looking to move to England where she is from. We currently live in the United States. We were curious about the steps we would have to take to move me there. Can anyone help me with this by chance?
Grim - 4-Jun-18 @ 12:43 AM
J - Your Question:
Hi,My sister’s been living in the UK for 15 years now and has a British Passport. Is it possible to apply for a Family Visa to settle in the UK with her? Please provide information. Thanks.

Our Response:
You can only apply for a family visa if you fulfil the requirements laid out in the article here.
AboutImmigration - 31-May-18 @ 10:11 AM
I am Indian citizen. My elder sister is ILR holder inUK. My age is 30. I am married and my wife'sageis 30 also. How can i get citizenship ofUK?? Further information will be furnished upon intimation.
Kiran - 30-May-18 @ 6:40 PM
Hi, My sister’s been living in the UK for 15 years now and has a British Passport. Is it possible to apply for a Family Visa to settle in the UK with her? Please provide information. Thanks.
J - 30-May-18 @ 11:30 AM
Hi, I am in relationship for 3 years with my boyfriend which is EEA national. We want to start to live together in UK but I need a work permit. Which application form I need to apply? Thanks in advance
cvetce13 - 24-May-18 @ 11:38 PM
Hi I’m married to Eu national and my wife excercising treaty rights and I have 5 year uk card my question can my wife sponsor my brother from non Eu national country and if yes how Thanks
Nas - 6-May-18 @ 7:05 PM
Ram - Your Question:
Sorry in my previous message was my mistake I mean my mother is my ponsor as eu citizen and now my wife want to stay with me in Uk but my visa is FM from my mother as my sponsor so I can’t sponsor my wife. My question is can my mother be my wife’s sponsor as Eu citizen and her Mother in Law??? As EEA EFM Please advice me kindly thank you

Our Response:
Your mother cannot be your wife's sponsor. Please see the family visa requirements here .
AboutImmigration - 3-May-18 @ 3:18 PM
Sorry in my previous messagewas my mistake I mean my mother is my ponsor as eu citizen and now my wife want to stay with me in Uk but my visa is FM from my mother as my sponsor so I can’t sponsor my wife. My question is can my mother be my wife’s sponsor as Eu citizen and her Mother in Law??? As EEA EFMPlease advice me kindly thank you
Ram - 1-May-18 @ 4:04 PM
Hi I need advice please I’m Brazilian my motter is my sponsonsor I have 5 years family permitnow my wifeneed to apply resident family for her can my mother as mother in law be her sponsor ???? As Extended FM please kindly let me know thank you
Ram - 1-May-18 @ 3:58 PM
Hi, i am spouse of an eea national living in the UK. Can my parents get a resident permit. They are currently living in Pakistan. Thanks
Malik - 30-Apr-18 @ 10:01 PM
Hi,please I need some advice.I am on my Indefinite leave to stay in UK. I live alone,I want my daugther whom never married ,she isover 21now andwith her 10 yrs son to join me here in UK .Would there possibility for them to be granted a visa. Thank you foryour advice
Annei - 19-Apr-18 @ 10:03 PM
Hi dear, I am European national and I live in Uk ,if I am on benefits and partime work can I include my brother as a extended family member from Pakistan if yes please advice me how I can do. Thanks
Kh - 15-Apr-18 @ 4:17 AM
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