FAMILY VISITOR VISA
The Family Visitor is now a part of the 'Standard Visitor Visa' category. Applicants wishing to visit the UK, to visit family members, can apply for a Family Visitor Visa.
To be eligible to apply for the Family Visitor Visa, the applicant must be able to show that they want to visit UK for not more than six (6) months to see their family members who are currently residing in the UK.
They must prove that they can support, themselves and any dependants, financially whilst in the UK and have every intention to leave UK at the end of their visit.
Applicants coming to the UK as a family visitor must be able to show that they will be visiting the following family members in the UK:
Spouse, civil partner, father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister.
Grandfather, grandmother, grandson or granddaughter.
Spouse or civil partner's father, mother, brother or sister.
Son or daughter's spouse or civil partner.
Stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister.
An unmarried partner with whom they have been living with in a genuine and subsisting relationship, like marriage or civil partnership, for at least 2 years before the application.
Successful applicants can stay in the UK for a maximum period of six (6) months at one visit. During this period, they may be allowed multiple entries to the UK.
Frequently asked questions
Does a non-visa national require a visitor visa?
Applicants who visa nationals need an entry clearance to enter the UK as a visitor. A non-visa national does not require an entry clearance prior to their entry, they need to satisfy the Immigration Authorities at the port of entry that they are a genuine visitor and intend to leave UK after their visa. Non-visa nationals may wish to apply for a visa where they are in doubt about their admissibility; for example, they may have been refused a visa / entry in the past, and should not be discouraged from applying.
What is the frequency and duration of visit?
What is multiple visa entry?
Conditions of Stay
No recourse to public funds;
Intend to leave UK after the end of your stay;
No intention to work; or produce goods or study (unless a student visitor).
Can I get National Health Service (NHS) treatment?
Treatment given in an accident and emergency (A&E) department or in an NHS walk-in centre that provides services similar to those of an A&E department;
Treatment for certain infectious diseases (but for HIV/AIDS, only the first diagnosis and counselling that follows it are free);
Compulsory psychiatric treatment; and
Family planning services.
In line with the Home Office service standards for processing UK visa applications, they decide 90 per cent of the applications within 3 weeks, 98 per cent within 6 weeks and 100 per cent within 12 weeks of the application date.