If you are looking to bring your family from a non-EU state to live with you in the UK, there are a number of tests and some strict financial thresholds that applicants must meet before their loved ones can join them.
To bring your spouse and children to the UK you need to be ‘present and settled in the country’.
To be classed as present and settled’ in the UK, a person must have no restrictions on their ability to stay in the country. Therefore, they must either have;
Yes, unless they are applying under the 10-year route.
To be eligible to apply for a partner visa under the 10-year route you must show:
The minimum income threshold for an applicant partner applying alone is currently set at £18,600. For an applicant partner with one child, an additional £3,800 is required, and for each additional child after that a further £2,400.
This threshold is difficult to meet and the Supreme Court is currently considering its validity in the case of R (on the application of MM (Lebanon)) (AP) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.
No, the funds must come from income and/or savings.
Yes, under the unmarried partner visa. To qualify for this visa, you must show evidence that you and your partner have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage for two or more years and you intend to live together permanently.
The ‘minimum income’ requirement will also apply when bringing an unmarried partner into the UK to join you.
Yes. It is a breach of the Equality Act 2010 for a public body to discriminate against a person because of their sexual orientation.
You can bring your adopted child to the UK if you can prove:
The UK will only recognise an adoption if it was made in a country featured in the Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973.
Bringing a partner and / or children into the UK is a complex process. To ensure your application is successful, it is advisable to instruct an experienced immigration solicitor to assist you with the visa process.