It is a legal requirement that entry clearance must be granted prior to visa being provided to an individual in order that they may enter the UK to join a person present and settled in the UK. It is crucial that sponsors in the UK or the settled person is a genuine family member, carer or partner of the applicant.
You must meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules at the time when you apply for settlement. If you are considering applying for settlement in the future, you should note that the Immigration Rules are subject to constant change.
If you already have leave to enter or remain in the UK, on the basis of being the spouse or partner of a settled person, you will need to meet the rules which came into force inJuly 2012. These include:
It is essential that you seek legal advice if applying for family to join you in the UK. Contact our specialist Family Settlement Team.