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