At LUPINS, we are renowned for our outstanding representation of those wishing to join family members and loved ones in the UK.
Please note that the advice below is no substitute for seeking advice directly from one of our experts as every case is different and legally and factually unique.
If your child is under 18 years of age, lives outside the UK and they have a parent or relative who is settled in the UK, they could be eligible to apply to come to the UK and settle here.
If you are a parent and are applying for limited leave to remain in the UK and your parent is British or partner is settled in the UK you may also be able to apply for your child to come and remain in line with you.
You can apply for indefinite leave to enter the UK for your child if they are coming to the UK to live with both of their parents and both parents either have British citizenship or indefinite leave to remain.
Sole responsibility means that although both parents may be alive, one parent is absent and the parent making the application must show that they are the parent who makes all the important decisions in their child’s life. So although the child might reside in a different country, with for example extended family; the UK based parent, will need to show that they are the one who is solely responsible for their child.
You will need to show that they are related to the parent or other relative as claimed; and that they are under 18 at the date of application; and that they are not married or leading an independent life.
If your child under 18 years of age is living outside the UK and their parent has or is applying for Limited Leave as a partner or relative or someone who is settled in the UK, then your child might be eligible to apply to come to the UK as well. For example if you have or are applying to join your partner in the UK and want to apply for your child you join you.
They are under 18 at the date of application; the exception to this is when your child is applying to extend leave already granted and they have now reached the age of 18 but have not yet reached settlement.
They are not married or living an independent life;
There is adequate accommodation and maintenance for the child, without relying on public funds.
The annual income can come from a number of sources including employment, savings and investments. You can sometimes rely on a combination of sources of income to satisfy the financial requirement. These requirements are complex. At LUPINs we will advise you in detail on what you will be required to provide as evidence in order to fulfil this requirement and secure a successful outcome.
To apply as an adult dependent relative you must be outside the UK and need long-term care from a parent, son, daughter, grandchild, brother or sister, who is living permanently in the UK.
Your UK based relative must be a British citizen or settled in the UK or have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK. You will need to demonstrate that, as a result of age, illness or disability, you require a level of long-term personal care that can only be provided by your relative(s) in the UK and without recourse to public funds.
As can be seen the requirements are stringent and it can be incredibly difficult to demonstrate that there is no care at all in your relative’s home country. It is vital that these applications are made with all the relevant documentation and evidence. We therefore advise that you contact LUPINS for expert assistance at the outset.
We will ensure that you have the correct documentation that proves you fulfil all the requirements of the immigration rules.
Put simply, our immigration solicitors will hold your hands throughout the process,
liaising with all relevant government bodies, including UK Visas and Immigration,
British Consulate, overseas agents and where necessary the courts.