UK Family Visas

Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry visa entitles a Commonwealth citizen, who has a grandparent born in the UK, to gain entry to the UK permitting them to take up or seek employment and eventually settle in the UK.

The main advantage of this visa is that there are no work restrictions and at the end of a five-year period on this visa, one can qualify to apply for permanent residence

How to qualify

You must be a Commonwealth citizen, 17 years of age or older, and you must be able to prove that you have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. This grandparent can be on either side of your family. A person can also apply for the ancestry visa if they are adopted, or if the parent through whom they are claiming ancestry is an adopted child. Furthermore, you must intend to work and be able to work and be able to support and accommodate yourself and any dependants without using public funds.(For moreinformation, please contact our office or email us )


 

Civil Partner Visa

Registering a civil partnership is one of the ways in which a partner can join or stay with the EU or British partner in the UK, or a person with limited leave to remain in the UK.

The Civil Partnership Act allows people of the same sex to register as civil partners. Although a different legal concept to a marriage, it allows for people of the same sex to register a similar legal union. Registering a civil partnership is a serious commitment. Should the partners wish to end a civil partnership, they are required to go through a court-based dissolution which addresses the same issues as a divorce settlement. A civil partnership can also end through annulment or upon the death of one of the parties.

How to qualify

  • Both the partners must be 18 years or older and give notice to register a civil partnership at a registry office.
  • For applications as the civil partner of a person present and settled, submitted on or after 9 July 2012:
  • A minimum income threshold of £18,600 is required in order to sponsor the settlement of the partner, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored; £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child.( For detailed information please contact our office or email us )

Dependency Visa

Ancestry Visa

The UK Ancestry visa entitles a Commonwealth citizen, who has a grandparent born in the UK, to gain entry to the UK permitting them to take up or seek employment and eventually settle in the UK.

The main advantage of this visa is that there are no work restrictions and at the end of a five-year period on this visa, one can qualify to apply for permanent residence

How to qualify

You must be a Commonwealth citizen, 17 years of age or older, and you must be able to prove that you have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. This grandparent can be on either side of your family. A person can also apply for the ancestry visa if they are adopted, or if the parent through whom they are claiming ancestry is an adopted child. Furthermore, you must intend to work and be able to work and be able to support and accommodate yourself and any dependants without using public funds.(For moreinformation, please contact our office or email us )


 

Civil Partner Visa

Registering a civil partnership is one of the ways in which a partner can join or stay with the EU or British partner in the UK, or a person with limited leave to remain in the UK.

The Civil Partnership Act allows people of the same sex to register as civil partners. Although a different legal concept to a marriage, it allows for people of the same sex to register a similar legal union. Registering a civil partnership is a serious commitment. Should the partners wish to end a civil partnership, they are required to go through a court-based dissolution which addresses the same issues as a divorce settlement. A civil partnership can also end through annulment or upon the death of one of the parties.

How to qualify

  • Both the partners must be 18 years or older and give notice to register a civil partnership at a registry office.
  • For applications as the civil partner of a person present and settled, submitted on or after 9 July 2012:
  • A minimum income threshold of £18,600 is required in order to sponsor the settlement of the partner, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored; £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child.( For detailed information please contact our office or email us )

Dependency Visa

One of the biggest concerns for persons looking to obtain a permit or visa is whether their partners, spouses and children will be able to stay with them in the UK. Fortunately the UK immigration rules and Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 do make provision for dependants.

How to qualify

In order to qualify as a dependant, you must be the spouse, unmarried or civil partner of the main applicant. Children under the age of 18 years may also accompany the main applicant to the UK as dependants under the Immigration Rules. If you are applying as a dependant on someone who is an EEA national, the dependency age for children is 21.

It is sometimes possible for a child to accompany one parent to the UK, but special rules apply, and these applications are very fact centric, As a result, we advise you to contact us to ascertain your particular status.

Children over 18 need to qualify independently under the Immigration Rules for rights of residence in the UK. Exceptional applications for children over 18 to accompany parents as dependents may be possible in very restricted circumstances.

There are different maintenance requirements depending on the application being made by the main applicant, or immigration status of the sponsor, such as whether the sponsor is present and settled in the UK, the main applicant is residing in the UK on a visa, or have a right to reside under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations.( For detailed information please contact our office or email us)


 

EEA Family Visas

Any citizen of an EU country taking up residence in the UK in accordance with EU treaty rights is entitled to bring their family with them. 'Family' includes a spouse, children under 21 years and any other family members who are part of the same household and remain dependent upon the EU citizen.

The main advantage of this type of visa is that there are no work restrictions on the holder of the permit or their dependants. This type of visa can lead to permanent residence in the UK.

How to qualify

All non-EU members of the family accompanying the EU citizen to the UK can apply for an EEA Family Permit.

Non-EU family members' right to remain in the UK are dependent on the EU family member continuing to exercise Treaty Rights in the UK, for example in employment, in business, or by being economically self-sufficient.

Within the first 6 months of arrival in the UK, the EU National is advised to apply to the Home Office for an EU Residence Permit, and all non-EU family members should apply at the same time for five-year resident stamps to be placed in their passports.( For detailed information please contact our office or email us)


 

Spouse Visa

The spouse visa is available to non-EU citizens (it is also available to EU citizens, although there is no real reason why they should wish to use it) who wish to come to the UK to live with their spouse who is either a British citizen holds Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or has a permanent right of residence under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006

How to qualify

In order to qualify you will have to show that you are married to a person present and settled in the United Kingdom, or one who is currently being admitted for settlement. You will need to show that you intend to live permanently with your spouse and that your marriage is subsisting.

In order to qualify the applicant and the applicant's spouse must be 18 years or older.

A minimum income threshold of £18,600 is required in order to sponsor the settlement of the spouse, partner, fiancé or proposed civil partner, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored: £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child.(For detailed information please contact our office or email us)


 

Unmarried Partner Visa

This immigration category enables unmarried partners of persons present and settled in the UK who have lived together in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship for at least two years, to apply to join their partner in the UK.

How to qualify

In order to qualify you will need to show that

  • You are the (unmarried) partner of a person present and settled or being admitted for settlement in the UK and you will need to prove that you have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage for 2 years or more. You will also need to prove that you intend to live together permanently in the future.
  • You and your partner have to be 18 years or older in order to apply.
  • For applications submitted on or after 9 July 2012:
  • A minimum income threshold of £18,600 is required in order to sponsor the settlement of the partner, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored: £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child. .(For detailed information please contact our office or email us )

Qualify as Dependent

In order to qualify as a dependant, you must be the spouse, unmarried or civil partner of the main applicant. Children under the age of 18 years may also accompany the main applicant to the UK as dependants under the Immigration Rules. If you are applying as a dependant on someone who is an EEA national, the dependency age for children is 21.

It is sometimes possible for a child to accompany one parent to the UK, but special rules apply, and these applications are very fact centric, As a result, we advise you to contact us to ascertain your particular status.

Children over 18 need to qualify independently under the Immigration Rules for rights of residence in the UK. Exceptional applications for children over 18 to accompany parents as dependents may be possible in very restricted circumstances.

There are different maintenance requirements depending on the application being made by the main applicant, or immigration status of the sponsor, such as whether the sponsor is present and settled in the UK, the main applicant is residing in the UK on a visa, or have a right to reside under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations.( For detailed information please contact our office or email us )


 

EEA Family Visas

Any citizen of an EU country taking up residence in the UK in accordance with EU treaty rights is entitled to bring their family with them. 'Family' includes a spouse, children under 21 years and any other family members who are part of the same household and remain dependent upon the EU citizen.

The main advantage of this type of visa is that there are no work restrictions on the holder of the permit or their dependants. This type of visa can lead to permanent residence in the UK.

How to qualify

All non-EU members of the family accompanying the EU citizen to the UK can apply for an EEA Family Permit.

Non-EU family members' right to remain in the UK are dependent on the EU family member continuing to exercise Treaty Rights in the UK, for example in employment, in business, or by being economically self-sufficient.

Within the first 6 months of arrival in the UK, the EU National is advised to apply to the Home Office for an EU Residence Permit, and all non-EU family members should apply at the same time for five-year resident stamps to be placed in their passports.( For detailed information please contact our office or email us )

Spouse Visa

The spouse visa is available to non-EU citizens (it is also available to EU citizens, although there is no real reason why they should wish to use it) who wish to come to the UK to live with their spouse who is either a British citizen holds Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or has a permanent right of residence under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006

How to qualify

In order to qualify you will have to show that you are married to a person present and settled in the United Kingdom, or one who is currently being admitted for settlement. You will need to show that you intend to live permanently with your spouse and that your marriage is subsisting.

In order to qualify the applicant and the applicant's spouse must be 18 years or older.

A minimum income threshold of £18,600 is required in order to sponsor the settlement of the spouse, partner, fiancé or proposed civil partner, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored: £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child.(For detailed information please contact our office or email us )


 

Unmarried Partner Visa

This immigration category enables unmarried partners of persons present and settled in the UK who have lived together in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship for at least two years, to apply to join their partner in the UK.

How to qualify

In order to qualify you will need to show that

  • You are the (unmarried) partner of a person present and settled or being admitted for settlement in the UK and you will need to prove that you have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage for 2 years or more. You will also need to prove that you intend to live together permanently in the future.
  • You and your partner have to be 18 years or older in order to apply.
  • For applications submitted on or after 9 July 2012:
  • A minimum income threshold of £18,600 is required in order to sponsor the settlement of the partner, with a higher threshold for any children also sponsored: £22,400 for one child and an additional £2,400 for each further child(For detailed information please contact our office email us)

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