Family Visas: Applying as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative
For applications made within the UK, you should make an application for a visa no more than 3 months before your current visa expires.
It takes between 8 to 12 weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from outside the UK following submission. The timeline may currently be longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It takes up to 8 weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from within the UK following submission. The timeline may currently be longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Priority service is available as an additional purchasing option for applications made within the UK with a decision made in either 5 days or 24-hours depending on the service chosen.
When you are required to extend your stay depends on the status of your family member.
If they have a pre settled status, refugee status or humanitarian protection, you will need to apply to extend or settle when they do.
You will not need to apply to extend or settle if your family member is British, Irish or settled in the UK.