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FAMILY VISA – APPLY AS A CHILD

You can apply for a family visa to join your parent in the UK. You may not need a family visa if at least one of your parents has indefinite leave to remain or proof of permanent residence. Check if you can apply to settle in the UK.

 

If your parent has settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme or for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.

 

If you do not meet the rules to enter or remain in the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might still be able to apply to extend your stay or switch to a family visa. Read the guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.

 

You were born in the UK

 

You’ll get the same permission to stay as your parent if you were born in the UK.

 

If you’re under 18

 

You can either:

  • be added to your parent’s next application as a dependant
  • apply separately

 

To apply separately, you’ll need to know what kind of permission to stay in the UK (‘limited leave to remain’) your parent has.

 

If you’re over 18

 

Your parent can only include you in their application as a dependant if you:

 

  • got permission to come to or stay in the UK (‘leave to enter or remain’) on a family visa when you were under 18
  • do not live an independent life
  • are applying from inside the UK

 

You’re living an independent life if, for example, you’ve left home, got married and had children.

 

You were born outside the UK

 

Whether you can apply depends on your age and how your parent applied.

 

If you’re under 18

 

You must:

  • not be married, in a civil partnership or living an independent life
  • be financially supportedwithout claiming public funds

 

One of your parents must also be applying or have applied for a visa or to extend their permission to stay as a:

  • partner – and the partner they’re joining is your other parent
  • parent – and they have sole parental responsibility for you

 

Otherwise, you might still be eligible to apply if there are serious reasons to let you come to, or stay in the UK and there are plans for your care.

 

If you’re over 18

 

Your parent can include you in their application as a dependant, or you can apply separately yourself. You can only apply if you:

  • got permission to stay in the UK (‘leave to remain’) on a family visa when you were under 18
  • do not live an independent life

 

You’re living an independent life if, for example, you’ve left home, got married and had children.

If your parent cannot include you in their form and you’re in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for Private Life in the UK (10-year route).

 

Apply from outside the UK

 

You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.

 

Apply at the same time as your parent

 

Which form you need to fill in depends on whether your parent is applying to enter the UK as the partner of one of the following:

 

  • a British or Irish citizen
  • a person with indefinite leave to remain
  • a person settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • a person from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who has pre-settled status– they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021
  • a person with a Turkish Businessperson visaor Turkish Worker visa
  • a person with refugee status or humanitarian protection

 

If they are applying as one of these, you must fill in the Appendix FM online form.

 

If they are not, you must fill in both:

  • the online application form
  • the Appendix 1 paper form

 

Apply separately

 

Which form you need to fill in depends on whether your parent has leave to enter or remain in the UK on a 5 or 10-year route to settlement as the partner of:

  • a British or Irish citizen
  • a person with indefinite leave to remain
  • a person settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • a person from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who has pre-settled status– they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021
  • a person with a Turkish Businessperson visaor Turkish Worker visa
  • a person with refugee status or humanitarian protection

 

If they do, you must fill in the Appendix FM online form.

 

If they do not, you must fill in both:

  • the online application form
  • the Appendix 1 paper form

 

Apply from the UK

 

You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.

If you’re already in the UK, you must apply online.

 

Fill in the online fee waiver request form as well if you cannot pay the fee because you:

 

  • do not have a place to live and you cannot afford one
  • have a place to live but cannot afford your essential living costs like food or heating
  • have a very low income and paying the fee would harm your child’s wellbeing

FAQs:

You’ll need to attend an appointment to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). You’ll be told how to make an appointment when you apply.

You can ask for your passport and other documents to be returned if you’ve provided them with your application but need them urgently.

 

You might have to cancel your application to get your documents back.

You’ll get a Biometric Residence Permit if your application is successful.

 

You can:

  • work
  • study

 

Please note that you cannot work or study if you’re applying for a visa or extending your stay to get married or become civil partners.

 

You cannot:

  • usually get benefits or other public funds for you or your dependants
  • apply to settle in the UK until you’re eligible

Contact White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public for expert advice by experienced professionals on all areas of Immigration law. The many conditions and immigration requirements that must be met are handled by White Horse Solicitors and Notary Public with excellent professionalism, reliable conduct and integrity. We will ensure that our advice focuses on your personal circumstances and will always aim to achieve brilliant results for our clients.

 

White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public is well placed and highly qualified in providing professional advice and assistance on making an application for Family Visa. We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7118 1778 for our specialist and professional advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public makes every effort to keep this information current, however prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.

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