How to join the settled relative you are financially dependent on in the UK
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If you have legal status in the UK or are a British citizen, your foreign family members may be eligible to apply for a settlement visa from outside the UK to come and live with you here on a permanent basis, if they prove to be financially dependent on you.
If they meet the eligibility criteria, your dependent family member will need to apply for a settlement visa at the visa applciation centre closest to where they live.
The appropriate form to apply for a visa to enter in view of settlement is a Form VAF4a.
Online Settlement applicants should also complete Application form VAF4A Annex (ELT) – English language requirement.
Once in the UK or if they are already in the UK on temporary leave, they can apply for permanent settlement using Form SET(F) – settlement .
A dependent relative can apply for a settlement visa if they are related to you in one of the following ways:
• mother or grandmother who is a widow aged 65 years or over; or
• father or grandfather who is a widower aged 65 years or over; or
• parents or grandparents travelling together of whom at least one is aged 65 or over; or
• parent or grandparent aged 65 or over who has entered into a second relationship of marriage or civil partnership but cannot look to the spouse, civil partner or children of that second relationship for financial support; and where the person settled in the United Kingdom is able and willing to maintain the parent or grandparent and any spouse or civil partner or child of the second relationship who would be admissible as a dependant; or
• parent or grandparent under the age of 65 if living alone outside the UK in the most exceptional compassionate circumstances and mainly dependent financially on relatives settled in the United Kingdom; or
• son, daughter, sister, brother, uncle or aunt over the age of 18, if living alone outside the United Kingdom in the most exceptional compassionate circumstances and mainly dependent financially on relatives settled in the United Kingdom; and
You will need to prove that:
• you are joining or accompanying a relative who is present and settled in the United Kingdom or who is on the same occasion being admitted for settlement; and
• you are financially wholly or mainly dependent on that relative
• you can, and will be accommodated adequately, together with any dependants, without recourse to public funds, in accommodation which the sponsor owns or occupies exclusively; and
• you can, and will, be maintained adequately, together with any dependants, without recourse to public funds; and
• you have no other close relatives in your own country to whom he could turn for financial support.
Children under age 18:
If both parents are living and settled in the UK or are applying for settlement, your children can join you if, in addition to the requirements stated above, they can show that they:
• are not leading an independent life;
• are not married or in a civil partnership;
• have not formed an independent family unit; and
• are aged under 18.
If only one parent is living and settled in the UK or is applying for settlement, children can apply only if:
• one parent is dead and the other is settled or coming to settle here; or
• that parent has the sole responsibility for looking after them; or
• there are serious reasons why they should be allowed to join their parent in the UK.
For all of the above, ‘parent’ includes: a step-parent where the father or mother is dead; either the father or mother of an illegitimate child; and, in certain circumstances, an adoptive parent.
How to apply
To apply, you will need to make your application online on the UKBA Visa Services website or fill in the UKBA settlement visa application form and send it to the visa application centre in your country.
You will need to provide the following, along with the completed form:
• Your passport or travel document.
• A recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of yourself.
• The GBP 1680 visa fee. This cannot be refunded, and you must normally pay it in the local currency of the country where you are applying.
• Supporting documents relevant to your application.
For any questions regarding the subject covered in this guide, please register in our forum and post your question under the appropriate category.
The current application fees for Settlement visas requested from outside the UK (valid from 22 November 2010) are:
- Spouse / civil partner of a settled person: £750
- Parent, grandparent and other dependant relative of a settled person: £1680
- Former members of HM armed forces: £750
- Fiance(e) / proposed civil partner of a settled person: £750
- Unmarried / same sex partner of a settled person: £750
- Adopted child dependant of a settled person; view to settlement: £750
- Child coming to UK for adoption; view to settlement: £750
- Child (under 18) dependant of a settled person;view to settlement (fiance(e)/ proposed civil partner may receive only 6 months validity): £750
- Spouse / civil partner / partner of exempt member of armed forces (under Para 276R or Para 276AD of Immigration Rules): £750
- Child of exempt member of armed forces (under Para 276R or Para 276AD of Immigration Rules): £750
- Family reunion – under Part 11 Asylum, Immigration Rules: FREE OF CHARGE
- Returning resident: £245
* £900 if you are applying by post
* £1,250 if you are applying in person
The application fee using form SET(F) for a parent, grandparent or other dependent relative aged 18 or over of a person present and settled in the UK is:
* £1,680 if you are applying by post
* £1,930 if you are applying in person (but note that the premium service is currently unavailable for this application type)
A Guide on Fiance or proposed civil partner (same sex) visas
Marriage Visas – All you need to know
PLEASE REGISTER IN OUR FORUM and post your question under the appropriate category (‘SETTLEMENT IN THE UK').
Our partner Solicitors will answer them regularly.
by Federica Gaida –
updated 18 January 2011
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