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UK Family Visa

In this section, you will find information about:

UK Family Visa

Family comprises of wife, husband, children, parents, civil partner, unmarried partners or fiancé under the UK Family Visas.

If you are not a British Citizen or not holding the following

  • Refugee status
  • humanitarian protection
  • ECAA leave;
  • pre-settled or settled EUSS Status

And your family member is in the UK on a temporary leave to enter or remain then you must apply for a Dependent Visa, which falls under other categories, however, has some similar requirements as UK Family Visa.

Generally, if you are married then you always need to ensure that your marriage is recognised under the UK law. Similarly, is you formed a civil partnership outside the UK then you must be sure that your civil partnership is recognised under the UK Civil Partnership Act 2004, as the application may be refused if this is not the case.

Eligible for a UK Family Visa?

There are various eligibility requirements which must be met, however you can read the relevant eligibility requirements from the routes above, as here we will only explain on the general eligibility requirements which apply to all the UK Family Visas.

You must not fall for refusal under the General Grounds for Refusal or the Suitability Requirements.

You must be able to maintain and accommodate your family in the UK without recourse to additional public funds.

You must establish your relationship to be genuine and subsisting in order to apply for a UK Family Visa.

For a child you must have both the parents in the UK or if you are a single parent then you must provide evidence to establish sole responsibility.

If you are from a country which requires a TB test certificate then you must provide this in accordance with Appendix T of the Immigration Rules.

Types of UK Family Visa?

How to apply for a Family Visa?

All the applications for Family Visas are submitted online via the website

Applying for an Immediate Family Visa

If you are looking to apply for an immediate Family Visa for your family members inside or outside the UK, you can contact us and an immigration lawyer in our office at Croydon will be able to assist you.

Family Visa rejection reasons

There can be various reasons to refuse a UK Family Visa, such as incomplete evidence or evidence not being satisfactory to discharge the burden of proof.

Family Visa appeal

If an application for UK Family Visa is refused then you will generally get a right of appeal. An appeal from outside the UK should be submitted within 28 days from the date you receive the decision and inside UK must be submitted within 14 days from the date of decision.


Can I switch to the UK Family Visa from Visitor Visa?

The Immigration Rules generally restrict a person on visitor visa to switch into a UK Family Visa, however, in certain circumstances it may be possible for example you have a British child in the UK and your partner is also a British citizen, or there are compassionate and compelling circumstances, etcetera

I am an overstayer in the UK can I apply for a UK Family Visa?

You may be able to apply for a UK Family Visa if there are exceptional circumstances or you have a child who has lived in the UK for 7 years or is a British citizen

Do I need to provide a TB test with UK Family Visa?

If you are submitting an application from outside the UK, the immigration rules provide a list of countries where the applicant may have resided for 6 months or more will require a TB test from an IOM approved clinic.

Do I need to provide English Language Test?

Generally, it depends on your circumstances, however, if you are between 18 and 65 years old you would need to meet the English Language requirement if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country. For an Application for Entry Clearance, you need A 1 Speaking and Listening SELT English Test. 


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Visa and Migration is a private OISC regulated company (F201500999) and is not an official Government body. If you would like to prepare and submit your UK immigration application yourself you can do so by visiting the UKVI website.