Family visas: apply, extend or switch
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 or Irish citizen
- they’ve settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
- they’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status - they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021
- they have refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
If your family member has settled or pre-settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.
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
How long you can stay depends on the status of your family member.
If your family member is British, Irish or settled in the UK
Your stay is unlimited. You will not need to apply to extend or settle.
If your family member has pre-settled status
They must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021. You can stay as long as your family member stays. You’ll need to apply to extend or settle when they do.
If your family member has refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
You can stay as long as your family member stays. You’ll need to apply to extend or settle when they do.
How to apply
You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.
You must apply as an adult dependent relative online and complete Appendix 1.
Apply to extend your stay
Apply online to extend your stay in the UK.