You can apply for UK visa entry clearance to come to the UK for work, study, visit (unless you are non-visa national) or join a family member before you enter the UK. UK visa Entry clearance is the procedure used by Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) at British missions overseas to check, before a person arrives in the UK, if that person qualifies under the Immigration Rules for entry to the UK. Our expert team of UK visa solicitors specialise in all types of UK visa entry clearance applications. As one of the best UK visa solicitors, we have a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience to provide specialist immigration advice and representations for various UK visa entry clearance applications.

Need legal help and assistance with your UK visa entry clearance application from outside the UK? Contact our expert team of UK visa solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your UK visa entry clearance application. Ask a question to our expert UK visa solicitors for free immigration advice concerning your UK visa entry clearance application.

How Can We Help?

Our expert team of UK visa solicitors can represent you in your application for UK visa entry clearance and carry out all the work on your application until a decision is made by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your UK visa entry clearance application. As your appointed legal representatives, our expert team of UK visa lawyers will carry out the following work on your behalf:

  • advising you about the relevant criteria as set out in the immigration rules;
  • adviseing you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the UK visa entry clearance application;
  • assessing all your documents to make sure that the requirements of the Immigration Rules are being fully satisfied for your UK visa entry clearance application to succeed;
  • completing the online application form and submitting the same online on your behalf;
  • pay the relevant UKVI charges for the UK visa application including the application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS);
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of the UK visa entry clearance application explaining in detail all the legal requirements for the successful outcome of the UK visa entry clearance application;
  • uploading all the supporting documents in support of the UK visa entry clearance application;
  • booking your appointment with the application centre for the enrolment of your biometrics and submission of your passport;
  • liaising with the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) and doing all the follow-up work until decision on the UK visa entry clearance application is received by you.

Following are the various UK Visa Entry Clearance applications from outside the UK for which our expert team of UK visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services:

UK Visa Entry Clearance Applications As Family Members Of British Citizens Or Settled Persons

Fiance(e) Visa UK Proposed Civil Partner Visa UK
Spouse Visa Entry Clearance For UK Entry Clearance As A Civil Partner
Entry Clearance As Unmarried Partner Entry Clearance As Same Sex Partner
Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave To Enter (ILE) As Adult Dependent Relative (ADR) Entry Clearance As A Parent of A British or Settled Child
Entry Clearance Application for Indefinite Leave To Enter (ILE) As Child Under 18 Entry Clearance As Child Of A Person Who Has Leave As Partner or Parent
Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave to Enter As An Adopted Child Of British Citizen Or Settled Person Entry Clearance For Limited Leave to Enter As An Adopted Child
Application For Entry Clearance For Limited Leave to Enter To Be Adopted In The UK Entry Clearance For Limited Leave To Enter To Be Adopted In The UK Under The Hague Convention

UK Work Visa Entry Clearance Applications

Entry Clearance For Innovator Visa Entry Clearance For Start Up Visa UK
Entry Clearance As Tier 1 Entrepreneur Entry Clearance As Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
Tier 1 Investor Entry Clearance Entry Clearance As Tier 2 General Migrant
Entry Clearance As Tier 2 Minister Of Religion Entry Clearance As Tier 2 Sportsperson
Entry Clearance As Tier 2 ICT Entry Clearance As Domestic Worker
Entry Clearance As Tier 5 Charity Worker Entry Clearance As Tier 5 Creative & Sporting
Entry Clearance As Tier 5 Religious Worker Entry CLearance As Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Migrant
Entry Clearance For Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Worker Entry Clearance As Tier 5 International Agreement Migrant
Entry Clearance As Sole Representative Of Overseas Business Entry Clearance - UK Ancestry Visa
Entry Clearance (UK Visa) As A Turkish ECAA Businessperson  

Entry Clearance Applications For UK Work Visa Dependants

Entry Clearance As Dependant Of Innovator Migrant Entry Clearance As Dependant Of Start Up Migrant
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 1 Investor
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 General Migrant Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 Minister Of Religion
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 Sportsperson Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 2 ICT Migrant
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Charity Worker Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Religious Worker Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange Worker
Entry Clearance As PBS Dependant Of Tier 5 International Agreement Worker Entry Clearance As Dependant Of UK Ancestry Migrant
Entry Clearance As Dependant Of Domestic Worker Entry Clearance As Dependant Of Sole Representative Of Overseas Business
Entry Clearance As A Dependant Of Turkish ECAA Businessperson  

UK Visa Entry Clearance For Students & Their Dependants

Entry Clearance - Tier 4 General Student Entry Clearance (Visa) As PBS Dependant Of Tier 4 General Student
Entry Clearance - Tier 4 Child Student Entry Clearance As A Parent Of A Tier 4 Child At School

UK Visa Entry Clearance Applications By Members Of Armed Forces & Their Family Members

Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave To Enter (ILE) On Discharge From HM Forces Entry Clearance As A Parnter Of A Member Of HM Forces
Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave To Enter As A Partner Of A Member Of HM Forces Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave To Enter (ILE) As A Bereaved Partner Of A Member Of HM Forces
Entry Clearance For Limited Leave To Enter As Child Of Member Of HM Forces Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave To Enter As A Child Of Member Of HM Forces
Entry Clearance For Indefinite Leave To Enter (ILE) As A Bereaved Child Of Member Of HM Forces Entry Clearance For Leave To Enter As A Member Of Armed Forces Who Are Not Exempt From Immigration Control
Entry Clearance As A Relevant Civilian Employee Entry Clearance As A Dependant Of Member Of Non-HM Forces And Relevant Civilian Employee

Other Miscellaneous UK Visa Entry Clearance Applications

EEA Family Permit Replacement BRP Visa Application From Outside The UK
Application For Revocation Of Deportation Order Entry Clearance - Family Reunion
Entry Clearance - Returning Resident Visa UK UK Visitor Visa Entry Clearance

 

FAQs - Family Permit UK

How Long Can You Stay In The UK With Family Permit?

EEA family permits are usually valid for 6 months. However, they will not be valid after 30 June 2021, even if there is time left on the permit.

An EUSS family permit is valid for 6 months, unless:

  • you plan to arrive in the UK on or after 1 April 2021
  • your application is approved more than three months ahead of your planned arrival date

In this case, it’s valid for 4 months from your planned arrival date.

If your eligible family member was living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living here after your family permit runs out.

Which family members are eligible to apply for family permit UK?

You can join your:

  • spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner
  • child or grandchild aged under 21
  • dependent child or grandchild of any age
  • dependent parent or grandparent

This includes family members who were adopted under an adoption order that’s recognised in UK law.

Spouses and civil partners of Swiss citizens

If you’re married to or in a civil partnership with an eligible Swiss citizen, the rules are different.

You’ll still be eligible if:

  • you got engaged or formed your partnership after 31 December 2020
  • you’re still together when you apply
Can I stay in the Uk after my family permit expires?

If your eligible family member was living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living here after your family permit runs out.

If they came to the UK on or after 1 January 2021, you’ll usually need to apply for a visa to live, work or study.

Who can you join in the UK by applying for family permit?

The person you’re joining must be one of the following:

  • an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • a person of Northern Ireland
  • someone who lived in the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen before also getting British citizenship
  • an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who is exempt from immigration control
  • an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who travels regularly to work in the UK but lives outside of the UK (also known as a ‘frontier worker’)
  • a British citizen who also has dual EU, EEA or Swiss nationality and was settled in the UK before 16 July 2012 without using their free movement rights (also known as a ‘McCarthy’ case)

Your family member must meet the eligibility criteria for the EU Settlement Scheme even if they have not applied or cannot apply. This means that they:

  • were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • pass criminal record checks
What are the eligibility requirements to apply for family permit as a family member of a person of Northern Ireland?

To be an eligible person of Northern Ireland, the person you are joining must:

  • have been born in Northern Ireland
  • have British, Irish or dual British and Irish citizenship

At the time of your family member’s birth, one of their parents must have been:

  • a British citizen
  • a Irish citizen
  • a dual British and Irish citizen
  • entitled to reside in Northern Ireland with no restriction on their period of residence.
What are the eligibility requirements to apply for family permit as a family member of EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who lived in the UK before getting British citizenship?

To be eligible the person you’re joining must:

  • be an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • have become a naturalised British citizen after working, studying or being self-sufficient in the UK
What are the eligibility requirements to apply for family permit as a family member of EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who is exempt from immigration control?

The person you’re joining must be:

They cannot also be a British citizen.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for family permit as a family member of frontier worker?

The person you’re joining must:

  • be an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • have been working in the UK by 31 December 2020 as an employee or self-employed person
  • be primarily resident in another country that is not the UK
  • have been a frontier worker continuously since 1 January 2021

They cannot also be a British citizen.

What documents do I need to apply for my family permit?

ou must provide:

  • a valid passport
  • evidence of your relationship to your EEA family member, for example a marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate or birth certificate

You can provide a valid national identity card instead of your passport if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

If the EU, EEA or Swiss citizen family member you are joining has applied to the EU Settlement Scheme you must provide their application number.

If they have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme you must provide both:

  • their valid EU, EEA or Swiss passport or national identity card
  • evidence that they would be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme if they had applied

You’ll have to show that they meet the other eligibility criteria for the EU Settlement Scheme even if they cannot apply - for example, if they have British as well as EU, EEA or Swiss citizenship.

How can I apply for family permit UK?

You must apply online for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit. You must be outside the UK to apply.

Can extended family members of EU, EEA or Swiss citizen apply for EEA family permit?

You can no longer apply for an EEA family permit if you are the extended family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, for example their:

  • brother or sister
  • aunt or uncle
  • cousin
  • niece or nephew

Unmarried partners in a lasting relationship (‘durable partners’) can continue to apply for EEA family permits until 30 June 2021.