Settlement: refugee or humanitarian protection

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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

Your partner or child cannot join you if:

  • you have not received a decision on your asylum claim
  • you’re under 18

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:

  • you were given refugee status or humanitarian protection on or after 9 October 2006
  • you’ve lived together in a relationship like in a marriage or civil partnership for 2 years and you’ve been given asylum or humanitarian protection after 9 October 2006

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 outside the UK

Your partner or child must apply online for family reunion.

You can apply on behalf of your child but, in most cases, your partner must make their own application.

They’ll also have to complete application form VAF4A with Appendix 4.

They’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of their application.

North Korea

Your partner or child cannot apply online if they’re applying from North Korea.

They need to download application form VAF4A with Appendix 4.

They should read the guidance on filling in the form and the instructions for North Korea.

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

They must apply by letter to:

UKVI Family Reunion Team
Admin Team
7th Floor
Capital Building
Liverpool
L3 9PP

Providing biometric information and supporting documents

When your family member applies, they’ll be asked to make an appointment at a Service and Support Centre to provide their biometric information (their fingerprints and a photo) and have their supporting documents checked.

Fees

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