If you are living outside the UK and want to come to the UK to stay with a partner or child for longer than 6 months’, then you will have to apply for a family visa. If you are already in the UK, you may be able to extend your family visa or if you currently have a different visa, you may be able to switch to a family visa whilst you are still in the UK. (This, however, would not be possible if your family member is in the UK under a work or student visa, but you may be able to apply to stay with them as a dependant instead).
In order to make an application on the basis of having a child or a partner in the UK, there are certain requirements you must meet under UK Immigration Rules. These are:
If you want to apply on the basis of a private life, then there also requirements you have to be eligible for in order to stay in the UK:
Once you have made the application and submitted it to the Home Office with your supporting documents, you should expect to receive a reply in 12 weeks if you are outside of the UK or 8 weeks if you in the UK. Alternatively, you could apply for premium service and you could get a same day decision, however, this is more expensive than applying via post.
If you wish to make a private life, child of parent application, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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