Can I Apply For a UK Family Visit Visa?

If you have one or more family members in the UK and you want to visit them temporarily, your best option is the Family Visit Visa. This is a type of Standard Visitor Visa that allows you to stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 months.

Compared to several other points-based visas, you have to meet a smaller number of requirements to be eligible for a Family Visit Visa. Despite that, the Home Office very strictly scrutinizes applications submitted for a Family Visit Visa under the Standard Visitor visa category.

You also have limited rights once you are granted this visa. On this type of visa, you can’t work in the UK, apply for dependents to join you, or claim public funds.

The Family Visit Visa is for non-EEA nationals. If you have an EEA national who is already in the UK, you may be eligible for the EEA Family Permit.

The standard duration for a Family Visit visa is 6 months. However, if you are coming to the UK for medical treatment or have other exceptional circumstances, you may be able to seek an extended Standard Visitor visa. The maximum duration for such a visa is up to 10 years.

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s, our Family Visa solicitors help you meet the specific requirements for the visa. With the help of our Family Visa application solicitors, you can also make sure that your application is accurate and complete before you submit it.

Eligibility Requirements

The general eligibility requirements that apply to the Family Visit Visa are the same for all other visas under the Standard Visitor Visa category.

These requirements include the following:

  • Age: You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Financial Resources: You must prove that you have the financial means to support yourself once you are in the UK. This is particularly important as you are not allowed to work for money or access public funds on a Family Visit Visa.
  • Cash Funds: You must show the availability of enough cash funds for your travel to the UK upon being awarded the visa and from the UK visa when your visa ends.
  • Intention to Leave: You must demonstrate that you have a genuine intention of leaving the UK before or on your visa expiry date. This is to ensure that you will not overstay your visa and breach immigration rules once you come to the UK.

You may also need to meet additional requirements to be eligible for the visa. It is recommended that you consult a reliable immigration lawyer to understand these requirements. Here at Adam Bernard, our London-based Family Visa application solicitors can offer detailed and tailored advice on visitor visa requirements.

Who Can Apply?

The Family Visit Visa is specifically limited to the family members of an individual already living in the UK. To be eligible as a family member of the UK resident, applicants must be one of the following:

  • Children
  •  Grandchildren
  •  Parents
  •  Grandparents
  •  Siblings
  • Half Siblings
  • Step Siblings

Before July 2012, the Home Office also allowed an applicant to apply for the visa if they were a cousin, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece of the applicant. However, these relations are no longer eligible under the new visa rules.

Documents Required for Visa Application

You need to submit a number of documents when applying for the Family Visit Visa. These include the following:

  • Valid passport or travel document. This passport or travel document must remain valid for your intended duration of stay in the UK.
  • Proof of genuine relationship with your family member in the UK. This can be a certificate that states and confirms your relationship. This document plays a key role in the outcome of your visa application.
  • Proof of Financial Means. This can be a pay slip, bank statement, or another document reflecting the status of your finances. The document should indicate that you have the requisite funds to support yourself after you come to the UK.
  • Proof of Intention to Leave. You can use a certificate indicating your family in the home country as proof that you will return upon the expiry of the visa. Other documents to prove your intention to leave can be commitments back in your home country, such as employment you intend to resume.

It is important to consult a reliable immigration lawyer when applying for the Family Visit Visa. If you fail to submit the relevant documents or leave out important details, the Home Office may reject your application. Our Family Visa solicitors help you avoid this by ensuring that your application and relevant documentation are complete at the time of submission.

Applying for a Family Visit Visa

The application for a Family Visit Visa is submitted online. The documents you submit with your application must be in English or Welsh. If they are in another language, you will need to have them translated professionally before submitting them.

As a part of your visa application, you are required to provide the following details:

  • The travel dates of your UK trip. These should ideally include both arrival and departure dates.
  • Details of your accommodation in the UK. These include the precise address and nature of the accommodation, whether or not you will be paying for it, and more.
  • Personal details such as your date of birth, the names of your parents, your home country, and your family member in the UK.
  • Details of the family members you will be visiting or staying with, in the UK. These should include contact details so that the Home Office can get in touch with the UK family members if needed.
  • Details of previous criminal record. You should note any criminal offenses or immigration breaches that are on your record.If you miss out on any details or fail to provide accurate information, the Home Office may ask you to resubmit the details. In the case of clear inaccuracies, the Home Office may also reject your application.Here at the London-based Adam Bernard, you can consult our Family visa application solicitors to ensure that your application contains accurate information. An experienced immigration lawyer at our firm can provide tailored help and guidance for your visa application.

Family Visitor Visa Fees and Duration

The basic fee for a Family Visitor visa is £100. If your relevant documents are not in English or Welsh, you will need to pay an additional amount to have them professionally translated before submission.

You can apply for the visa up to 3 months in advance of your intended date of travel. It is best to apply as early as possible. This gives you plenty of time to respond in case the Home Office request further details or asks you to submit any other relevant documents.

The Home Office typically takes 15 to 30 days to process your visa application. The actual time may vary depending on the completeness and accuracy of your application.

Once you are awarded a Family Visit Visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 6 months. However, there are exceptional circumstances where you can get permission to stay for a significantly longer period after applying for an extension.

If you qualify for an extension, you can apply for a 2-year, 5-year, or 10-year long-term Standard Visitor visa. The visa fees in this case will depend on the duration of your stay. If you are applying for a 2-year visa, you must pay a visa fee of £376. For a 5-year visa, the fee is £670 and for a 10-year visa, it is £837.

Even if you are awarded a visa with a longer duration, you are allowed to stay in the UK for up to a maximum of six months per visit. This means that you must outside the UK every six months even if you have a long-term Standard Visitor Visa.

Why Choose Adam Bernard’s Solicitors?

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law firm, our Family Visa solicitors help you along every step of your Family Visit Visa application process.

You can consult an experienced immigration lawyer at our law firm whether you have already applied for the visa, are in the process of applying, or want guidance before you begin the application.

Our Family Visa solicitors offer a free preliminary consultation with an experienced lawyer at our firm. This means that you can discuss your case in detail with our Family Visa application solicitors before you decide to retain our services.

Our lawyers offer tailored advice for each visa application case. We provide guidance and help based on the unique circumstances and facts of your case. This is because no two visa applications are the same. Our immigration lawyers keep this vital fact in view when helping you in your application process.

Get in touch with us today at 0207-100-0505 to schedule a free consultation with our immigration lawyers and discuss your case in detail.

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