How can I bring my family from the EU to the UK permanently?

16 Jan 2023, 42 mins ago

The steps for bringing your family to the UK from the EU depend on the type of leave you currently hold.

You hold status under the EU Settlement Scheme

If you are currently in the UK with pre-settled or settled status, you may be able to bring your family to the UK with an application under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for an EUSS family permit.

If you are looking to bring your partner to the UK, they must have qualified as a partner on 31 December 2020 (i.e. you must have been either married, or cohabited for at least two years on that date). If you are looking to bring your children, they can have been born before or after 31 December 2020.

If your family members are granted a family permit, once they have arrived in the UK, they will need to make applications to the EUSS for pre-settled status within 3 months of arriving in the country.

You hold status in the UK, but not under the EU Settlement Scheme

If you are currently in the UK with an immigration status which was not granted under Appendix EU of the Immigration Rules (pre-settled status or settled status), your family members would need to apply in accordance with the requirements for dependants in your specific visa category.

In the case of any of the above applications, your family members would not be given permanent residence in the UK immediately. They would be granted an initial period of leave only. They would then need to apply for permanent residence – also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain or Settled Status – after a number of years of residence in the UK (usually five years), prior to the expiry of their existing leave.

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