The type of visa required for an individual wishing to stay in the UK subject to eligibility on the basis that they have a family member or spouse who possesses indefinite leave to remain in the UK is known as a ‘family of a settled person visa and they are valid for 2 years and 6 months.
If you are thinking of applying you need to ensure that you meet all the criteria before you start the application process. If it is a spouse visa you will need to prove your relationship to your partner, that you both intend to live together as partners and that the relationship is genuine. Eligibility requirements can be lengthy and complex to qualify for a family visa, please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and we can discuss the options available to you based on your circumstances.
There are certain exceptional circumstances for some individuals who do not meet the criteria for a UK family visa but are still allowed to apply. These circumstances will be considered based on your family members immigration status and history. Our experienced team can discuss your circumstances to find the most suitable option for you.
These exceptions occur when:
Unfortunately, the application process for visas takes a long time, and if your family visa application is denied you may not be able to appeal the decision. If you are entitled to appeal a refusal, this could take even longer than the initial submission. Such an appeal can take anywhere between 6 and 12 months.
If you want the best chance at a successful outcome, please feel free to call our immigration solicitors for initial discussion.