Family Visas

If you wish to live in the UK with a parent, you may apply for a Family Visa depending on your age and how your parent applied.

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Quick Look

The visa is aimed at people who wish to stay in the UK for more than six months.

No, this visa does not need to be accompanied by a sponsor licence.

Yes, this visa does qualify you to do work in the UK.

Family Visas

You can apply for a family visa to live with your partner (married or unmarried), child, parent, or a relative you’ll be providing care for. 

As part of your application, you’ll need to provide information that includes but is not limited to: 

  • the names of all those applying
  • your date of birth
  • your current passport (or other valid travel ID)
  • a copy of your biometric residence permit (if you have one)
  • details of any criminal convictions
  • a certified translation of any document that is not in English or Welsh


Depending on the type of visa you’re applying for, there will be visa-specific requirements for you to meet. You can see the requirements for each type of family visa on the UK Government’s website here

Applying as a partner/spouse

To apply as a partner, both you and your partner both need to be 18 or over, and your partner must also either:

  • be a British or Irish citizen
  • have settled in the UK
  • be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status
  • have a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa
  • have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK

You and your partner must intend to live together permanently in the UK after you apply.

Applying as a parent

To apply as a parent your child must either be under 18 on the date you apply or have been under 18 when you were first granted leave. They must also fit one of the following descriptions:

  • they’re a British or Irish citizen
  • they’ve settled in the UK
  • they’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status

Applying as a child

If you’re applying as a child, you can either be added to your parent’s next application as a dependent, or you can apply separately. 

If you want to apply separately, you’ll need to know what kind of permission your parent/s has to stay in the UK.

The rules for applying as a child depend on if you are under or over 18. Find out more here

How long can you stay?

The visa is aimed at people who wish to stay in the UK for more than six months. You can apply to extend your stay with your family member if you’re already in the UK.

You can extend at any time before your current permission to stay in the UK expires.

You might be able to apply to stay on the basis of your private life if you’ve already lived in the UK for several years.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a family visa depends on what kind of visa you’re applying for, and whether you’re applying from inside or outside the UK. 

If you’re applying to join your partner, parent, or child it costs £1,538 to apply from outside the UK and £1,048 to apply from inside the UK.

The cost for each dependent added onto the application is £1,538 for external applications and £1,048 for internal applications.

The cost of applying to look after an adult in the UK is £3,250 for external applications and £1,048 for internal applications.

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The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.