If you wish to apply for a visa in this category then our team at Hunter Stone Law will be able to guide and assist you throughout every step of the process. In order to qualify for this visa you would have to meet the requirement of the relevant section of the Immigration Rules. However we have attempted to simplify the requirements below.
You’ll need a ‘family of a settled person’ visa if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and you want to join, for 6 months or more, a partner or family member who’s living in the UK permanently.
Your family member can:
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply to:
Join your partner (spouse, fiancé(e), civil or unmarried partner)
You may need to apply in a different way if:
To apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, you must be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Your partner or family member must have one of the following:
You must also prove that:
You must be one of the following:
When your application can be refused
Your application might be refused if, for example, you’ve:
Knowledge of English
You will need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply,
You can prove your knowledge of English by either:
You may be able to meet the English language requirement in other ways and you won’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of a majority English speaking country. A full list of countries is available from the Home Office website.
Documents you need to provide
You’ll need to provide:
If you’re applying from outside the UK then you must apply online for this visa and then you will need to select an appointment date to hand over the documents. You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.
Applying in the UK
You can apply to extend your visa or switch into this visa from a different category.
Extending your visa
You can apply to extend your visa towards the end of your stay. You must apply before your visa expires. When you’re eligible, you can apply to settle. Settlement means you can stay in the UK without time limits.
Your initial stay will be 33 months if you applied as a partner (27 months if you applied before 9 July 2012)
What you can and can’t do with your visa
You can use your ‘family of a settled person’ visa to: