Family Visas:

  • Spouse/Civil Partner of Settled Person

This category of visa allows the spouse or civil partner of British citizens, persons settled in the UK or persons having refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK, to apply and enter the United Kingdom.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for this visa category; such as:

  • Relationship requirements – Must be a genuine and subsisting relationship
  • Minimum income level
  • Maintenance funds
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language

Usually, this type of visa must be obtained by the applicant before entering the UK. In certain cases, however, a person can switch to this visa category if they are already in the UK under a different visa. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

  • Fiancé/Fiancée or Proposed Civil Partner of Settled Person

This category is designed for engaged or proposed partners of British citizens, persons settled in the UK or persons having refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK, who wish to marry or enter into a civil partnership within 6 months of arriving in the UK. Once the marriage or civil partnership has taken place, the applicant will then be eligible to apply to switch into the Spouse or Civil Partner category without having to leave the UK.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for this visa category; such as:

  • Relationship requirements – Must be a genuine and subsisting relationship
  • Minimum income level
  • Maintenance funds
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language

This type of visa must be obtained by the applicant before coming into the UK. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

 

  • Extension of Spouse Visa within the UK

This visa category is for the spouse of a British citizens, persons settled in the UK or persons having refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK, who was granted entry clearance on the basis of their relationship. The entry clearance visa is issued for a maximum period of 33 months and must be extended through the Spouse Extension category until the spouse is eligible for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for the spouse extension category; such as:

  • Relationship requirements – Must be a genuine and subsisting relationship
  • Minimum income level
  • Maintenance funds
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language

This type of visa must be obtained by the applicant while they are residing in the UK. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

 

This visa category allows a parent whose child resides in the UK to apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK in order for them to have contact with their child. The applicant will initially be granted permission to enter or remain in the UK for 33 months. At the end of the 33-month period, the applicant may qualify and apply for Further Leave to Remain in the UK. The applicant will be eligible to apply for settlement after a continuous period of at least 60 months in the UK.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for this visa category; such as:

  • Relationship requirements (applicant must be the parent of the child)
  • Documentary evidence showing access rights to child
  • Maintenance funds
  • English language at certain level

This type of visa can be obtained by the applicant before coming into the UK or as an extension after entering the UK or while remaining in the UK. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

  • Child of a parent with LTR in the UK

This visa category allows a child to apply for a family visa to live their parent in the UK. If the child is under 18 and born in the UK then he will get the same permission to stay as their parent.

If the child is over 18 and born in the UK then their parent can only include them in their application as a dependant if they comply with the following requirements:

  • enter the UK on a family visa when you were under 18
  • do not live an independent life
  • are applying from inside the UK

If the child is under 18, they must not be married or in a civil partnership and living an independent life. One of their parents must also be applying or have applied for a visa or to extend their permission to stay as a:

  • partner – and the partner is your other parent
  • parent – and they have sole parental responsibility for the child

If the child is over 18, their parent can include them in their application as dependant, or the child can apply separately and they can apply if they:

  • got permission to stay in the UK on a family visa when they were under 18
  • do not live an independent life

 

  • Parents, Grandparents and other Dependent Relatives

Due to age, illness or disability the applicant requires long-term care that can only be provided by your relative in the UK. The relatives include, your parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is living permanently in the UK. Your relative must be one of the followings;

  • British citizens
  • Irish citizens
  • persons settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, have settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • persons having refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK,
  • From the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status– they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021

This type of visa must be obtained by the applicant before coming into the UK. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

 

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain as Spouse of Settled Person

Spouses or partners of British citizens, persons settled in the UK or persons having refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK, can apply for a visa to remain with their loved ones indefinitely through this visa category.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for this visa category; such as:

  • Relationship requirements – Must be a genuine and subsisting relationship
  • Maintenance funds
  • Suitability requirements
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Sufficient knowledge of life in the UK

The applicant can only be eligible to apply for their ILR in the UK once they have completed the residential qualifying period in the UK. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

 

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain as Parent of a Child

Parents of children who are British citizens or are settled in the UK can apply for a visa to remain in the UK indefinitely through this visa category if they have sole parental responsibility and it is in the children’s best interest for the parent to be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for this visa category; such as:

  • relationship requirements (applicant must be the parent of the child)
  • Documentary evidence showing access rights to child
  • Suitability requirements
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Sufficient knowledge of life in the UK

The applicant can only be eligible to apply for their ILR in the UK once they have completed the residential qualifying period in the UK. Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.

 

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain as Tier 1 (General) Migrant

This visa category was closed in April 2018 by the government and a lot of the applications by Tier 1 (General) migrants were refused their ILR due to minor tax errors under Paragraph 322(5) of the immigration rules. However, concerns have been raised in the Parliament that applications were being wrongly refused due to the applicants’ minor tax errors.

If you currently have a pending application for indefinite leave to remain as a Tier 1 (General) Migrant that was submitted on or before 5th April 2018 or have received a refusal decision in the last 14 days or have an appeal pending with the Asylum and Immigration First-tier Tribunal, please consult with our immigration solicitor immediately for further advice.

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain on 10 Years Lawful Residence

This visa category allows people to apply for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of 10 years of their continuous and lawful residence in the UK.

Apart from general visa requirements, there are certain conditions that must be met by the applicant for this visa category; such as:

  • Documentary evidence of “continuous and lawful residence” for 10 years
  • Suitability requirements
  • Sufficient knowledge of the English language
  • Sufficient knowledge of life in the UK

Please consult with our immigration solicitor to find out whether you qualify for this visa category and how you can apply.