Joining Family in the UK services
UK family visas
Our expert solicitors can guide you through every stage, from choosing the right one to processing your application smoothly.
- Apply for a spouse visa
- Apply for a child visa
- Apply for a visa as an unmarried partner
- Apply for an ancestry visa
Making your family visa application easier
To apply for any visa within this category you need to provide documentation to support the statements you have made on your application forms.
The process is complex, and there is no room for mistakes. The Home Office will decline applications on even the smallest of errors. With our expert immigration solicitors on your side you can be sure that your application is as strong as it can be, with all the evidence you need.
We have a long history of success supporting family and points-based visa applications and are ready to take on your case whenever you are ready. Call or email us today to find out what we can do for you.
If you are currently in the UK
It is essential to understand that you can’t apply for any family visa while you’re still in the UK on a visitor visa.
If you are currently in the UK on any other visa you can apply for a family visa from 28 days before your current visa expires. You may also be eligible to switch your current visa into this category, as long as you act before your current visa expires.
Spouse, fiancé and civil partner visas
You may be able to apply for a visa to join your partner in the UK, if they are:
- A British citizen
- Settled in the UK with ‘indefinite leave to remain’
- Living here with refugee status or humanitarian protection
If you apply in this way, you would be known as the ‘dependant’ and your spouse as the ‘sponsor’.
Proving your relationship
To demonstrate that you are in a genuine relationship with your partner you’ll need to share evidence that proves it along with your application.
You’ll need to satisfy the Home Office that you either:
- Have been in a marriage or civil partnership, recognised by UK law
- Have been living together for at least two years at the time of application whilst in a relationship, or
- Are engaged to marry or enter a civil partnership within six months of arriving in the UK
As well as this you need to be able to prove that you have a good knowledge of English, and that you can financially support yourself and any of your dependants.
To prove your English language abilities, you will probably need to complete the English language test.
Visa categories for children
If you have a child or children you would like to bring to the UK, you may be able to apply for a dependant visa on their behalf. There are strict rules in place that you will have to keep in mind when you are looking at applying for a dependant visa.
Firstly, for your children to be granted a dependant visa, one of the below must be true:
- The whole family are applying for visas at the same time, and will be entering the UK at the same time
- Both parents are present in the UK, with the child joining them from abroad,
- One parent is present in the UK and the other parent applying for a visa from abroad at the same time as the child
There are exceptions for one parent families. These exceptions can be made when you:
- Are the sole surviving parent
- Have sole responsibility for the child
Any other exceptional family circumstances will likely be taken into account too.
The parent or parents of the child who this visa is for don’t need to be UK citizens for children to qualify. Parents can be in the UK on a visa (exceptions do apply) or hold indefinite leave to remain.
What you need to know
Before you apply for your visa
Before you start the application process for this type of visa, you need to ensure that you meet all the criteria.
You need to be able to prove your relationship to your partner, that you both intend to live together as partners and that the relationship is genuine.
Understanding visa processing times
Unfortunately, all applications take a long time to process, and if your 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.
Our solicitors do offer fast track and same day visa services, so if you are in a hurry to get an answer, we can help speed up the process.
Sometimes individuals who don’t meet the criteria for a family visa are still allowed to apply. These exceptions occur when:
- The applicant has a child in the UK who is a British citizen. This child must have resided in the UK for at least seven years and be unlikely to leave
- You are able to prove that you would encounter significant difficulties if you and your partner lived in a country other than the UK and that it would be excessively harsh if you were returned
- It would be in breach of your human rights – specifically your right to have a family and private life in the UK
Help with family visa applications
UK immigration law can be highly complex, especially for families who wish to stay here permanently.
There are lots of different visas for specific family members and situations. Thankfully our immigration experts are on-hand to give clear advice throughout the process.
Expert immigration solicitors
If you want the best chance at a successful outcome, in the best possible time-frame, our solicitors can help.
Thanks to our high level of expertise, and the ability to fast-track applications, you can feel confident that you are in the best possible hands.
Due to the large amount of services and the complexity of each case we cannot provide any standardised fees without knowing a little bit more about your situation.
However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can suspect and what fees we will charge.
Full transparency at all times
We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.
Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.
This is why we provide competitive prices across our range of services.
|Immigration solicitor fees|
|30 minute initial consultation||£60 + VAT|
|Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over||£60 + VAT|
|Initial consultation + advice letter||£300 + VAT|
|Visa checking service(no drafting)||£250 + VAT|
|Extension applications settlement||From £1,000 + VAT|
|Entry clearance fees - out of country|
|Visit Visa||£600 + VAT|
|Spouse Visa||Sponsor Employed||£700 + VAT|
|Spouse Visa||Sponsor Self Employed||£800 + VAT|
|Dependants (Parent/Relatives)||From £800 + VAT|
What is included:
- Advice on procedures and law
- Completion of the paper and on line application form
- Advice on all documents required to submit with application
- Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
- Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
- Preparation of the covering letter
- Attendances and follow up