The UK Family Visa Program allows UK nationals, UK permanent residents and EEA-nationals resident in the UK to sponsor partners, parents and children to remain in the UK.
A UK partner visa allows spouses, unmarried or same-sex partners and fiances of UK citizens or permanent resident to come and live with their family in the UK.
To qualify for a Partner visa, applicants must be an eligible partner of a UK citizen or permanent resident who is currently living or who intends to live permanently in the UK.
An eligible partner is a:
Partner visa applicants are usually required to be of a minimum age, meet English language, accommodation and maintenance (funds) requirements and demonstrate that their relationship is existing and genuine in nature. Partner visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.
A Partner visa entitles the holder to come and live in the UK with their partner. A Partner visa is usually granted for an initial probationary period, depending on the type of relationship.
Dependent and unmarried children under 18 years of age may be included on the visa application to accompany their parent/s to the UK. A Partner visa may lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) which entitles individuals to permanent residency in the UK.
All EEA and Swiss nationals are free to enter and live in the UK without a visa. However, non-EEA dependent relatives (children, parents or partners) of EEA nationals living in the UK need to apply for an EEA family permit to live with their family in the UK.
To qualify for an EEA Family permit, applicants must be a non-EEA dependent relative of an EEA or Swiss national living in the UK.
A dependent relative is a:
An EEA Family permit entitles the holder to live in the UK with their dependent family member. An EEA Family permit may be granted for up to five (5) years and the holder is permitted to work and study in the UK during this period without restriction. An EEA Family permit may lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) which entitles individuals to permanent residency in the UK.