Family reunion: caseworker guidance

Immigration staff guidance on family reunion applications.


Family reunion


UK Visas and Immigration guidance on how staff make decisions on applications for family reunion.

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Published 5 July 2011
Last updated 17 July 2023 + show all updates
  1. Removed reference to the application of the differentiation policy introduced under the Nationality and Borders Act 2022. Added guidance on the new ‘unsafe journeys’ policy.

  2. Updated in line with the April 12 Immigration Rules changes to show the route for children applying to stay with or join non-parent relatives with protection status has been removed and placed into its own guidance product.

  3. Updated guidance in line with changes to the Immigration Rules.

  4. Updates to the biometric enrolment requirements for Family Reunion applications.

  5. Guidance changes in light of the Nationality and Borders Bill.

  6. Added detail of what will be covered by proposed amendments.

  7. Updated the guidance.

  8. Updated information on biometric enrolment for in-country applications.

  9. Updated document with a new version.

  10. Updated guidance.

  11. Updated guidance.

  12. First published.