Family VISA

Family related visas include the following categories.

Partners or Spouses  – This includes spouses, civil partners and unmarried/same sex partners of a British citizens or a person settled in the UK or a migrant worker/ student;

Children – children (including adopted) of migrants who have temporary or permanent permission to live in the UK

Elderly dependant relatives – Elderly dependants (parents, grandparents or other elderly dependants) of migrants who have permanent permission to live in the UK

 

Partner/ Spouse visa

Partners/spouses of the following people can obtain a partner/spouse visa.

  • Partners/Spouses of British citizens and people settled in the United Kingdom and
  • Partners/Spouses of a migrant worker or student;

Partners/Spouses of British citizens and people settled in the United Kingdom.

Spouses, civil partners and unmarried/same sex partners are defined as partner/spouse under the UK Immigration Law. If the partner/spouse visa is successful the UK Border Agency will issue a two year visa which at the end of the visa, the partner visa holder could apply for indefinite leave to remain. Anyone who obtained a spouse visa on or after 9 July 2012, will have to live in the UK for 5 years before applying for indefinte leave to remain.

In order to obtain the partner/spouse visa, applicants would need to prove that they are 21 years old or above.

Partners/Spouses of British citizens or settled migrants in the UK are entitled to join their partners/spouses in the UK. Initially they obtain a dependent/spouse visa for 2 years as a probationary period which at the end of this period, they could apply for indefinite leave to remain subject to their eligibility.

In order to obtain a partner/spouse visa it is mandatory to meet the following requirements:

  • Either legally married or in a civil partnership that recognised in the UK;
  • Partner/spouse is either British citizen or present and settled in the UK;
  • Intend to live together permanently in the UK;
  • Can financially support without claiming any public funds from the British authorities;
  • There is an accomodation to live in the UK;
  • Applicant and partner/spouse are not under 21 years old.

 

For unmarried partner/same sex partners apart from the above it is also mandatory to meet the following requirements;

  • any previous marriage, civil partnership or similar relationship, has permanently broken down;
  • they have been living together in a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership for two years or more.

 

Children of people who have limited permission to enter or remain in the United Kingdom as a worker or a student

Children under 18 years old could enter the UK as dependants of the main visa holder who has limited permission to enter or remain in the UK as a worker or a student.

 

In order to bring their children migrant workers/students would need to meet the following following requirements: 

  • The migrant has permission to enter the UK temporarily;
  • One of the parents either settled in the UK or has limited leave to remain/enter permission in the UK;
  • One of the parents have sole responsibility for the child;
  • There is sufficient accomodation for child to live with parents in the UK;
  • The main applicant is the child’s parent (stepmother and stepfathers are also considered as parents).

 

There are also requirements for the child which are as follows:

  • the child has not created his/her independent life;
  • the child is not married;
  • is not over 18 years old; 
  • is financially dependent from parents.

 

The child must obtain a permission to enter the UK as a dependant of his/her parents and normally the visa issued for the same length of time as the parent.

It is also possible to bring children who are over 18 years old as dependants of their parents. Please contact us for advice.

Elderly dependent relatives

Elderly dependent relatives (parents, step parents, grandparents etc) of a British citizen or a person settled (who has permanent residence in the UK) in the UK could enter the UK as their dependants but the elderly dependent relatives would need to prove the following:

  • Elderly dependent is financially wholly dependent from the British citizen or a person settled in the UK;
  • They will be fully maintained and accommodated by the sponsor without claiming public funds from the UK authorities where the sponsor owns or occupies solely the accommodation;
  • Elderly dependent relatives do not have other close relative in the country of residence/origin which could financially support them;
  • Elderly dependent who is 65 years old or over;

It is also possible to bring an elderly dependent who is under 65 years old in exceptional compassionate circumstances. Please contact us for consultation.

HOW CAN EXPONET HELP YOU?

  • We can asssess you eligibility and advice you on spouse, unmarried partner, same sex partner, civil partner visas;
  • Assist and obtain a spouse, unmarried, sam sex and civil partner visa for you either in the UK or overseas subject to eligbility;
  • Assess, advice, assist and obtain a 18 years old child visa for your dependants;
  • Assess, advice, assist and obtain an over 65 years old elderly dependant visa.