Government of the UK has provided an immigration pathway to the immigrants who are looking to settle in the UK with their family members. Family visa is required for the immigrants who want to live with a family member in the UK for a duration of more than 6 months.
Talking about extending the validity of the family visa, an applicant can extend or switch at any time before their current UK visa expires. In case the applicant is extending their visa to stay with the same family members, they will get only 28 days left on their current stay added to the new visa.
The following shows the fees that will be charged by the UK government in order to apply for the UK family visa:
|Situation||Apply outside the UK||Apply in the UK|
|Joining partner, parent or child||£1,523||£1,033|
|Each dependent added to the application||£1,523 each person||£1,033 each person|
|An adult who needs to be looked after by a relative||£3,350||£1,033|
In case, the applicant is looking to extend or switch the visa, they will be required to pay £19.20 for their biometric information that includes fingerprints and a photo.
UK government has also facilitated the immigrants with a feature that will allow them to get the decision within 1 working day – Super Priority Services. For this service, immigrants have to pay extra £800. This super priority service is not for the immigrants who are applying as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative.
Talking about the application processing time, in case the applicant has applied from outside of the UK, the decision is made within 12 weeks. For the applicant who has applied from within the UK, the decision is made:
There are some conditions where the application processing time can take much longer. These conditions are as follows:
Immigrants can apply for UK family visa; with different was depending on the type of relation they are having with their family members. These relations are as follows:
Apply as a partner or spouse
In order to apply as a partner, both the applicant and the partner must be older than 18 years of age. Other than this, the partner must either be having a:
There are some certain conditions that are needed to be proved to apply as a partner or spouse. Applicants have to prove any one of the following:
Other than proving their relation, applicants are also required to prove that they have good knowledge of English and will be able to financially support themselves and their dependants. Depending on the permission granted to the visa holder, the maximum duration of stay is for 2.5 years or for 6 months if you are applying as a fiancée or proposed civil partner.
Apply as a parent
By this way, parents are able to live with their children who are already living in the UK and are leading an independent life. For this applicant’s child who is already living in the country, must be any one of the following:
Child can also be below 18 years of age and is not living an independent life, for which immigrants can also apply as a parent. For which the applicant, has to prove that they are taking an active role in their child’s upbringing and this can be proved by showing a letter from child’s:
Other than these requirements applicants are also required to prove that they have good knowledge of the English language and will be able to support themselves (applicant + child) financially without claiming public funds. Visa duration will be allowed for 2.5 years and after this applicant will be able to apply for a visa extension.
Apply as a child
For this, the applicant is able to apply as a child if only at least one of the parents is living in the UK has indefinite leave to remain or proof of permanent residence. Now, there are mainly two scenarios:
Apply as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative
To be able to apply under this stream, the applicant must be living outside of UK and must need long-term care from a parent, siblings, grandchild, son or daughter who are currently are living in the country (UK) permanently. Now the relatives need to be one of the followings:
With this, the applicant must prove all the below mentioned points:
The duration of stay under this way will be:
Apply on the basis of private life
For this, applicants need to apply on the basis of private life in case the applicant is already living in the UK. They just need to prove the following that they are:
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