Family Visas UK

The UK’s Family Visas allow you to join your family in the UK. Woodcock Law can help with your application to ensure you meet the requirements.

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A quick look

The Family Visa UK 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 UK - Application

You can apply for Family Visas UK to live with your partner (married or unmarried), child, parent, or a relative you will be providing care for. 

As part of your application, you will 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 are 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.

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 for Family Visas UK 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 are a British or Irish citizen
  • They have settled in the UK
  • They are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status

Applying as a child

If you are 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 will 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. You can find more information on the Government’s website.

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 are 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 have 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 are applying for, and whether you are applying from inside or outside the UK. 

If you are applying to join your partner, parent, or child it costs £1,846 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 £1,846 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.

However, if the adult you want to look after has temporary protection status in the UK, then it costs £404 for you to apply from outside the UK, and £1,048 from within the UK.

You will also need to pay for the immigration health surcharge fee. It is currently £1,035 per year, though children under 18 get a discount fee of £776 per year.

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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.

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