Family visas: apply, extend or switch
You need a family visa to live with a family member in the UK for more than 6 months.
You can apply for a family visa to live with your:
If you’re visiting the UK for 6 months or less, check if you need a Standard Visitor visa or Marriage Visitor visa.
You can apply to extend your stay with your family member if you’re already in the UK on a family visa.
If you came to the UK on a different visa, you might be able to switch to a family visa to stay with your:
You might be able to apply to stay on the basis of your private life if you’ve lived in the UK for many years already.
You can extend or switch at any time before your current permission to stay in the UK expires.
You must live in the UK for a certain amount of time before you’re eligible for settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) - check how much time you need before you extend your visa.
If you’re extending to stay with the same family member, you’ll only get up to 28 days left on your current stay added to your new visa.
How much it costs depends on how you apply.
|Your situation||Apply outside the UK||Apply in the UK|
|Joining your partner, parent or child||£1,523||£1,033|
|Each dependant added to your application||£1,523 each person||£1,033 each person|
|Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative||£3,250||£1,033|
Let your bank know that a large amount of money will be coming out of your account - otherwise it might cancel your payment.
You might also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.
You’ll need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.
If you’re applying from the UK, you may be able to pay an extra £800 for the super priority service to get a faster decision.
You cannot use the super priority service if you’re applying as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative.
Once you’ve got your decision letter, your biometric residence permit will take up to 10 working days to arrive.
If you apply outside the UK a decision will usually be made within 12 weeks.
If you apply in the UK a decision will usually be made within 8 weeks of your application date if you use the standard service.
If you use the super priority service a decision will usually be made:
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
It might take longer if your application is complex, for example you:
You might be able to apply to settle in the UK if you had permission to stay in the UK as a partner when either:
You might be able to apply for ‘family reunion’ to join a partner or parent who has either:
If you’re outside the UK, you can apply for a family permit if your family member is from the European Economic Area or Switzerland.
Your family member will probably need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021.
In some circumstances you cannot apply for, or switch to, a family visa.
You can apply to stay with them as a dependant instead.
You’ll usually need to leave the UK to apply for a family visa if either:
However, you might be able to switch to a family visa in the UK if you have either: