You may be able to apply for family visa for UK to join your family member in the UK if you are outside the UK or apply to stay with your family member in the UK if you are already in the UK. Family visa applications include applications as family members of British Citizens / Settled persons, family members of EU nationals with pre-settled or settled status in the UK, family members of Work Visa Holders, family members of members of armed forces, family members of students, family members of refugees and family members of persons with leave to remain as stateless persons.

Specialist Family Visa Solicitors

Our family visa solicitors specialise in all types of UK family visa applications. As one of the best family visa solicitors, our team of family visa solicitors have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee family visa services for all types of UK family visas. Ask a question to our highly experienced family visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to book an appointment for detailed immigration advice and consultation with one of our family visa solicitors.

Priority and Super Priority Service For Family Visas

Most of the family visa applications from outside the UK can be submitted using Priority Service whereby decision on the family settlement applications will be made within 6 to 8 weeks instead of 12 week normal waiting time and decision on non-settlement family applications will be made within 5 working days instead of 4 to 8 weeks of normal waiting time.

Almost all applications made from inside the UK can be submitted to the Home Office UKVI either by using priority service (to get decision within 5 working days) or by super priority service ( to get decision within 24 hours) instead of standard service which can often take from 3 to 6 months to get a decision on the family visa application.

As specialist family visa solicitors based in London and Manchester, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide priority and Super Priority Service for family visa applications whereby decision on your application may be made by the Home Office UKVI faster than the usual waiting times.

Our family visa solicitors can prepare and submit your family visa application to the Home Office, UKVI through priority or Super Priority Service and get decision on your family visa application through fast track decision making process. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your family application for months (sometimes years).

Family Visas For Family Members Of British Citizens/Settled Persons

Family members of British Citizens and Settled Persons (holding ILR) can apply for family visa to stay with the UK sponsor on the basis of their relation with the British Citizen or settled person. Following are the various family visa applications as family members of British Citizens/settled persons which family members of British Citizens/settled persons can submit to the Home Office UKVI:

Family Visas For Family Members Of EU Nationals

The family members of EU nationals have right to live and work in the UK with their EU national and can apply for pre settled or settled status in the UK under the EU settlement scheme (SUSS). Our expert team of EU law solicitors can provide legal help and assistance with your applications for pre settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The various family visa applications for family members of EU nationals are as follows:

Family Visas For Family Members Of Work Visa Holders

If you are a dependant partner, spouse or child of a person with work visa in the UK, you can apply for dependant visa to join or stay with the work visa holder in the UK. Our expert team of dependant visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for wide range of dependant visa applications. Dependant visa applications include:

  • UK visa applications as PBS dependants of Points Based Migrants;
  • UK visa application as dependants of Appendix W workers e.g. dependants of Start-up migrant, dependants of Innovator Migrant and dependants of Global Talent visa Migrant;
  • Dependants of other various work visa holder e.g. dependants of UK ancestry migrants, dependants of sole representative of an overseas business, dependants of overseas media representative, dependants of Turkish ECAA Businesspersons and Workers.

Following are the various dependant visa applications as dependants of work visa holders:

If you are a dependant partner, spouse or child of a person with work visa in the UK, you can apply for dependant visa to join or stay with the work visa holder in the UK. The dependants of work visa holders are normally granted permission to stay in the UK until the expiry of the leave granted to the work visa holder who is sponsoring their stay in the UK. In most categories of work visas, the dependants of work visa holders can apply for ILR in the UK upon completion of 5 years in the UK on dependant visa. In some cases, the dependants can apply for ILR at same time when the main applicant is applying for ILR regardless of the length of their residence in the UK.

As specialist dependant visa solicitors, we can provide expert immigration advice and legal representations for the following dependant visas:

Family Visas For Members Of HM Forces

Family members of HM Forces, Members of Non-HM Forces and Relevant Civilian Employees can apply for family visa under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules. Various applications which can be made by the family members of HM Forces, Non-HM Forces and Relevant Civilian Employees are as follows:

Other Various Family Visas

Following are the other various dependant visa and family visa applications which can be made under the UK immigration Rules:

Other Related Services

As specialist immigration lawyers and divorce & family law solicitors, we can provide the following related services to our clients:

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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.

FAQs - Spouse Visa Entry Clearance UK

What are the useful online sources for information about spouse visa entry clearance for UK?

 You can rely on following useful online sources to find an answer to your question about UK spouse visa entry clearance application:

How To Apply For Switching Into Spouse Visa Online

The Home Office UKVI website gives you access to the online application form to apply for switching into spouse visa online from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM to the UK Immigration Rules sets out the requirements an applicant has to meet for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM SE: Immigration Rules

Appendix FM SE to the Immigration Rules sets out the specified documents to meet the financial requirement for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Appendix FM Financial Requirement: Home Office Guidance

The Home Office UKVI guidance on meeting the financial requirement is a useful source of information and guidance on how to meet the financial requirement for switching into spouse visa from inside the UK.

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Approved English Language Tests For Switching Into Spouse Visa

The Home Office UKVI page Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests is a useful source of information about approved English language test centres in the UK and around the world for spouse visa application.

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Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI

The Home Office UKVI guidance: Partner, Divorce & Dissolution Guidance UKVI is a useful source of information and guidance about the validity of marriage, divorce, civil partnership or dissolution of civil partnership.

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Upper Tribunal decision in CB (Brazil) (validity of marriage: proxy marriage) [2008] UKAIT 00080 on the recognition of proxy marriages in the UK

This case law deals with the validity of proxy marriages and whether or not such marriages are considered as legally recognised in the UK.

What documents do I need to apply for UK spouse visa entry clearance?

The documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the spouse visa entry clearance for UK varies from case to case depending on the personal circumstances of the applicant and the sponsor. Our specialist spouse visa solicitors can provide you a comprehensive list of supporting documents after fully assessing the personal circumstances of the applicant and the UK sponsor.

Can I track my UK spouse visa application online?

It is no longer possible to track the status of your spouse visa application online. To know the current status of your spouse visa application, you must use Home Office UKVI email or phone option, which unfortunately is NOT FREE. You must provide your GWF number when calling or emailing them.

For how long the UK visa is granted if my application for spouse visa entry clearance is successful?

As a result of your spouse visa entry clearance application being successful, you will be issued with vigenette endorsed on your passport valid for 30 days to facilitate your entry in the UK.

Within 10 working days after your entry in the UK during the given 30 days, you should collect your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) card from the designated pre-selected post office. Your UK visa entry clearance will be valid for 33 months on your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) card.

How long does a UK spouse visa entry clearance application take?

The processing time of the spouse visa entry clearance application are as follows:

Standard Service

An application under standard service is decided normally within 12 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Priority Service

An application under Priority Service is normally decided within 6 to 8 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Super Priority Service

An applicaton for spouse visa entry clearance under Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre. The Super Priority Service is not available from most of the countries at present.

How much do you have to earn to bring your spouse to the UK on spouse visa?

Your sponsor must be earning not less than £18,600 gross per year if you are applying for spouse visa with no dependent children.

Will I get right to appeal against the refusal decision if my spouse visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

If your spouse visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) of the Home Office UKVI, you will get a right of appeal to challenge the refusal of your spouse visa entry clearance application. You should file appeal against spouse visa entry clearance refusal within 28 days after receiving the refusal decision.

Am I allowed to work in the UK on spouse visa?

Yes, you will have right to work full time whilst living in the UK on spouse visa.

I am an EU national with settled status in the UK. I got married to my husband after 31 December 2020. Can my husband apply for family permit under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)?

Unless you are a national of Republic of Ireland, your husband cannot apply for EEA Family permit under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) because your marriage took place after 31 December 2020. Your husband can apply for spouse visa entry clearance under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

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