Family Visa - UK
Apply as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative
You must be outside the UK to apply and need long-term care from a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is living permanently in the UK. One of the following must also apply to the relative:
they’re a British or Irish citizen
they’ve settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
they’re 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
they have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
If your family member has settled or pre-settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.
You must prove all of the following:
you need long-term care to do everyday personal and household tasks because of illness, disability or your age
the care you need is not available or affordable in the country you live in
the person you’ll be joining in the UK will be able to support, accommodate and care for you without claiming public funds for at least 5 years
you’re 18 or over
How long you can stay for
How long you can stay depends on the status of your family member.
If your family member is British, Irish or settled in the UK
Your stay is unlimited. You will not need to apply to extend or settle.
If your family member has pre-settled status
They must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021. You can stay as long as your family member stays. You’ll need to apply to extend or settle when they do.
If your family member has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
You can stay as long as your family member stays. You’ll need to apply to extend or settle when they do.
How to apply
You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.
You must apply as an adult dependent relative online and complete Appendix 1.
You also need to prove you:
How much it costs depends on how you apply. Let your bank know that a large amount of money will be coming out of your account - otherwise it might cancel your payment.
Apply outside the UK
Cost of joining partner, parent or child - £1,538
Cost for each dependant added to your application - £1,538 each person
Cost for an adult who needs to be looked after by a relative - £3,250
Apply in the UK
Cost of joining partner, parent or child - £1,048
Cost for each dependant added to your application - £1,048 each person
Cost for an adult who needs to be looked after by a relative - £1,048
You might also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.
For each adult (18 or older) it costs:
£1,560 if you’re staying for 2 years and 6 months
£1,872 if you’re staying for 2 years and 9 months
£3,120 if you’re staying for 5 years
For each child (under 18), it costs:
£1,175 if you’re staying for 2 years and 6 months
£1,410 if you’re staying for 2 years and 9 months
£2,350 if you’re staying for 5 years
How long it takes
If you apply outside the UK a decision will usually be made within 24 weeks.
If you apply in the UK a decision will usually be made within 8 weeks of your application date if you use the standard service.
If you use the super priority service a decision will usually be made:
by the end of the next working day after providing your biometric information if your appointment is on a weekday
2 working days after providing your biometric information if your appointment is at the weekend
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
It might take longer if your application is complex, for example you:
do not meet the minimum income requirement
cannot prove your knowledge of English
need to attend an interview
have not provided all the evidence that the Home Office needs
have a criminal conviction or another personal circumstance that needs to be reviewed
After you apply
You’ll need to attend an appointment to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). You’ll be told how to make an appointment when you apply.
Getting your documents back
You can ask for your passport and other documents to be returned if you’ve provided them with your application but need them urgently.
You might have to cancel your application to get your documents back.
If your application is approved
You’ll get a biometric residence permit. You can:
You cannot work or study if you’re applying for a visa or extending your stay to get married or become civil partners.
usually get benefits or other public funds for you or your dependants
apply to settle in the UK until you’re eligible