Family visa

Family Visit Visa

Non-EEA citizens wishing to visit family in the United Kingdom are entitled to apply for a Family Visit visa. This type of visa is considered as a type of Standard Visitors Visa. The UK Visitor Visa will allow you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, although you may leave and return to the UK freely while your Visa is in effect. A UK Visitor Visa can be used for leisure purposes, can act as a short-term business visa and allow you to come to the UK for private medical treatment.

Non-EEA nationals looking to visit the UK will need a UK Visitor Visa. If you are a Non-EEA national, you may need to complete an online application form on in order to obtain a regular visa. If you are a Swiss National, you will not need a Visitor Visa.

Application Process

The application for a Family Visit Visa should be submitted to UKVI. The application must include authentic documented proof of your relationship and purpose of visit. You must also establish a reason you must go back to your home country once the period of 6 months is up.

If you are a Non-EEA national, it can take up to 3 weeks to process your application which you may submit between 3 months and 48 hours before the planned travel dates. To ensure this process goes as smoothly and quickly as possible, ASL is here to provide all the necessary help including a fast track application support package. Call our 24-hour line on 07872504002.

How will we Help?

The application process for a Family Visit Visa is a difficult application and requires a lengthy list of documentation to establish eligibility. It is difficult to successfully apply for this visa without professional and specialized help. At ASL, we have a team of dedicated and qualified legal experts who will endeavor to help you successfully apply for your Family Visit Visa. If you choose to enlist our support, we will:

  • Assess your eligibility status
  • Support you until the completion of your application
  • Help with the completion of any necessary forms
  • Ensure your application is up to the highest standard
  • Liaise with the legal authorities on your behalf
  • Present your case for you to ensure the best chance of success

It is recommended that you work with legal professionals rather than on your own when applying for a work visa. ASL are more than happy to support you. Call our 24-hour line on 07872504002.


Non-EEA nationals will need to provide evidence of activities they plan to do while visiting, whether these are business, leisure or family-related activities and they must also show they plan not to exceed their 6-month stay in the UK. Non-EEA nationals will need to prove they can afford inbound and outbound flights as well as be able to maintain themselves and any dependents financially during their full stay in the UK, without requiring access to public funds.

In order to obtain a Family Visit Visa, you must give details of your existing and previous passport numbers or other valid travel identification. Other documentation you may need to provide is not limited; you may bring as much supporting documentation to help your chances such as:

  • Documentation proving relations
  • Travel documents detailing the dates which you are travelling
  • Details of previous international travel and immigration history.
  • Bank statements to proving there are sufficient funds to sustain your stay
  • An estimation for how much your visit will cost

There is other documentation which will help your application process which may be required, however during this tricky stage, it is recommended that you speak to one of our expert solicitors to give you the best chance of successfully applying.

If any of these documents are in a language other than English or Welsh, you will need to provide a professionally translated copy alongside the original documents.

Get in touch with us for expert advice

Applying for a Family Visa is difficult, and we understand that when travelling, immigration and loved ones are concerned you want your application process to be as smooth and trouble-free as possible. It is recommended to have expert legal advice. Our expert solicitors will happily consult you. We also have a team of people who speak fluent Urdu and Punjabi to help communicate about our legal services effectively. Call our 24-hour line on 07872504002.