The UK holds the largest number of family visa applications from families that are already settled in the country. It is natural for families settled in the country through permanent British citizenship or ILR (Infinite leave to remain), wanting to bring the member who is not still a citizen UK. This can include and siblings, parents, or children of 18 or more. According to the latest information, arrangements have been made for the people who wanted to join their families in the UK for so long.
Ways to Bring Relatives to the UK
There is two general way to bring relatives to the UK that were widely used for visa application approvals before the Brexit scheme. One was through the UK immigration rules where non-European applicants, applying through the Immigration Rules require long-term personal care because of the age factor, some sickness, or disability. The applicant must show that they are not only dependent on the other family members in terms of daily tasks and mobility, but also financially. You have to prove that the care and treatment available in the country where your family member is residing isn’t affordable or not available.
The second way is to apply through the European regulations. If you are sponsoring a non-European financially dependent parent, you must provide the money transfer slips and bank statements. Other requirements are depending on the family member you want to bring. This is a much lengthier process and way more difficult to meet the criteria, unlike the UK immigration rules.
The Announcement of Bringing Relatives to UK After Brexit
Now, you can apply to bring your family members to the UK after Brexit. If you are from the EU, EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland, every member of your family can apply for staying in the UK. People from Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway can also apply for their Visa. All the Britons living in the EU can bring their family members with them while returning to the UK until the end of March 2022. You can talk to your immigration solicitors in the Levenshulme for more details about the procedure.
UK policy paper on citizen’s rights announced the final date in a no-deal Brexit event. Under this announcement, UK citizens will also be allowed to bring children to the country who were born overseas. You can apply to bring your children, parent, siblings, spouse, and grandparents as well. According to the document that these applicants will qualify for entry under the post-Brexit settled status scheme until 29 March 2022 regardless of any Brexit deal. The right has already been announced and granted to all EU citizens having a settled status in the UK.
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Keep an Eye On the Deadlines
If your family members qualify for a pre-settled or settled status in the UK from the EU settlement scheme, they can live with you without any hassle. However, some of your family members should be in the country by December 2020. They can be your brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews or nieces, or children over the age of 21 if they are dependent on you. Close family members such as your spouse and parents can arrive in the UK after 31st December 2020.