If you want to join a family member in the UK for an extended period of time you can apply for a one of the UK family visa categories. These include visas for spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, children, and grandchildren.
In order to apply and get accepted for any of these visa categories you will need to provide documents which support your application form. You will often need to prove your relationship with whoever is sponsoring you i.e. your husband or wife if you are applying for a spouse visa.
You cannot apply for any sort of family visa if you are in the UK on a visitor visa, but can apply if you are in the UK on any other visa. You might be able to switch your current visa to a family visa category, but you will need to act before the date that your current visa expires.
If your partner is:
- A British citizen
- Settled in the UK with indefinite leave to remain
- Living in the UK with refugee status or humanitarian protection,
then you may be eligible to apply to join them in the UK.
You will have to provide the Home Office with evidence that your relationship is genuine. They will need to be satisfied that one of the following applies to you:
- You are in a marriage or civil partnership recognised by UK law
- You have been living together (cohabiting) for at least two years whilst also in a relationship with each other
- You are engaged to be married or enter a civil partnership within six months of your arrival in the UK
You will also have to prove that you personally have good knowledge of the English language and that you or your partner meets the minimum income requirement of £18,600 per year. If you have a child this goes up to £22,400. If you have any more children, the minimum you or your partner can earn per year goes up by £2,400 per child. For help with your UK spouse visa application it is recommended to speak with an expert immigration solicitor.
You may be able to bring your child or children to the UK, as long as they and you meet the requirements set out by the Home Office. You will have to apply for a dependant visa on their behalf. One of the following must be true if you are to be successful in your child’s application:
- Both parents are present in the UK and the child is joining them from abroad
- The entire family are applying for UK visas simultaneously and will enter the UK at the same time
- One parent is currently in the UK and the other is applying for their visa from abroad at the same time as the child
If you are a one-parent family, exceptions can be made, for example if you are the only surviving parent or have sole responsibility for the child.
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