Apply as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative

You must be outside the UK to apply and need long-term care from a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is living permanently in the UK.

One of the following must also apply to the relative:

  • they’re a British citizen
  • they’ve settled in the UK (they have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or proof of permanent residence)
  • they have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK

You must prove all of the following:

  • you need long-term care to do everyday personal and household tasks because of illness, disability or your age
  • the care you need is not available or affordable in the country you live in
  • the person you’ll be joining in the UK will be able to support, accommodate and care for you without claiming public funds for at least 5 years
  • you’re 18 or over

How long you can stay for

Your stay will be:

  • unlimited if you applied to join a family member who’s British or settled in the UK - you will not need to apply to extend or settle
  • as long as your family member’s stay if they have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK - you’ll need to apply to extend or settle when they do

How to apply

You’ll need to prepare information and send documents with your application.

You must apply as an adult dependent relative online and complete Appendix 1.

There’s a different way to apply in North Korea.

Apply to extend your stay

Apply online to extend your stay in the UK.