1. Overview

You’ll need a ‘family of a settled person’ visa if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and you want to join, for 6 months or more, a partner or family member who’s living in the UK permanently.

You don’t need a ‘family of a settled person’ visa to visit your family for up to 6 months, but you should check if you need a Family Visitor visa.

Your family member can:

  • be a British citizen
  • have settled in the UK
  • have asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply to:

  • join your partner (spouse, fiancé(e), civil or unmarried partner)
  • join your parent
  • come to look after your child
  • come to be looked after by family

Exceptions

You may need to apply in a different way if:

  • your partner is from the EEA
  • you’re inside the UK
  • you want to reunite with a partner or parent who has asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK

How long it takes

You should get a decision on your visa within 12 weeks. Check the guide to processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.

Fees

Your situation Fee
Joining your partner or parent £956
Coming to look after your child £956
Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative £2,141

You may also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you need to pay before you apply.

What you can and can’t do with your visa

You can use your ‘family of a settled person’ visa to:

You can’t get public funds for yourself and any dependants.

Extend your stay

You may be able to apply to extend your visa or settle in the UK permanently.