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

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

Use form FLR(HRO) to extend your stay in the UK.

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