Indefinite leave to remain for a person granted refugee status

Family Reunion for people with Refugee status or humanitarian protection

 Indefinite leave to remain for a person granted refugee status

Family reunion
Your partner or child may be able to join or stay with you in the UK if:
• you were part of a family before you were forced to leave your country
• you have refugee status, 5 years’ humanitarian protection or settlement on protection grounds but do not yet have British citizenship
If you formed your family after you left your country, your partner or child must first apply for a visa to join you in the UK. This also applies if they’re not eligible to apply as your partner or child.

If their application is successful, your family members will be allowed to come to or stay in the UK with the same permission as you.

Eligibility
Your partner and any children must meet the following requirements.

Partner
Your partner is someone you’re in a genuine relationship with. You must be able to prove one of the following:
• you’re married
• you’re in a civil partnership

If you’re not married or in a civil partnership, your partner may be able to join you if both:
• you were given refugee status or humanitarian protection on or after 9 October 2006
• you’ve lived together in a relationship like a marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years
• You and your partner must intend to live together and continue your relationship after they apply.

Children
• Your child is:
• under the age of 18
• going to live with you and your partner
• not married or in a civil partnership

Apply from outside the UK
Application will be made online for family reunion. You can apply on behalf of your child but, in most cases, your partner must make their own application.

Apply in the UK
Your partner or child can apply to stay with you in the UK if all the following are true:
• you have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
• they’re making their first application to stay with you and they’re already in the UK
• they can prove their relationship pre-dates your departure from your home country because of persecution

Fees
There’s no fee for applying for family reunion for eligible family members.

The requirements for indefinite leave to remain for a person granted refugee status or humanitarian protection, or their dependants granted refugee status or humanitarian protection in line with the main applicant or any dependant granted leave to enter or remain in accordance with the requirements of Family Reunion Rules, are that:
(i) the applicant has held a residence permit issued for a continuous period of five years in the UK; and
(ii) the applicant’s residence permit has not been revoked or not renewed; and
(iii) the applicant has not been convicted of an offence for which they have been sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months or more; or
(iv)convicted of or admitted an offence for which they have received a non-custodial sentence or other out of court disposal that is recorded on their criminal record; or
(v) have any other criminal convictions or record.

Contact us to discuss your immigration matter by calling us on +44(0)7548856403 or email us at office@arukvisa.co.uk or by completing our Contact Form. One of our advisers will be happy to assist you personally.