UK SETTLEMENT VISA
‘Settlement visa’ is the term used to describe an application to enter or remain in the UK as the spouse or partner of someone present and settled in the UK.
To apply for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, you must be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
Your partner or family member must have one of the following:
- British citizenship
- Settlement in the UK
- Asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK
You must also prove that:
- you’re 18 or over, unless you’re applying as a child
- your relationship to your family member is genuine and recognised in the UK, eg your marriage is legal in your country
- you intend to continue living with your family member or partner in the UK after you apply (unless you’re a parent who has access to the child)
- you and your family will have an adequate place to live in the UK
- you have a good knowledge of English if you’re 18 or over – unless you’re applying as an adult dependent relative
Joining your partner
You must prove that you and your partner are 18 or over and in a genuine relationship.
You must be one of the following:
- married or civil partners
- living together in a relationship for 2 years
- engaged to be married or to become civil partners
You must also meet the financial requirement of:
- £18,600 per year if you’re applying only for yourself
- £22,400 per year for you and one child
- £2,400 per year for each additional children
New requirement for visa customers wishing to stay in the UK for more than 6 months, to get a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) on arrival. you will receive a 30 day travel visa in your passport.
You should be aware that:
- you must travel within this 30 day period or your visa will expire
- if your 30 day travel visa expires before you travel, you will need to apply for a replacement and pay another fee in order to travel to the UK
- once you arrive in the UK you must collect your BRP from the Post Office you chose when you applied for your visa within 10 days
- you will receive a letter with your visa decision providing instructions on what you need to do once in the UK
Your BRP is an important document. It provides proof of your permission to be in the UK, for how long and the conditions attached to your stay, and can also be used as identification. View example of BRP.
You must be tested for tuberculosis (TB) if you are going to the UK for more than 6 months. Children under 11 years don’t need an x-ray but will also get a certificate. This is a mandatory requirement when applying for your UK visa. You’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray.
SA Travelbug will secure your TB appointment on your behalf with a clinic approved by the UK visa offices. They won’t accept a TB test certificate from a clinic they haven’t approved. Example of TB Certificate here. TB Screening for the UK Factsheet here.
Applicants who are applying to work, study or settle in the UK will also need an Immigration Health Surcharge reference number to access health services whilst in the UK, and you will need to make a compulsory additional payment for this as part of your application.
You will then be able to use the National Health Service (NHS). You will however still need to pay for certain types of services, such as prescriptions, dental treatment and eye test.
For current applications, the immigration health surcharge costs:
- £150 – £300 per year as a student or youth mobility
- £400 per year for all other visa and immigration applications
If you have any dependants, they will usually need to pay the same amount as you.
The Chancellor announced in his March 2020 Budget that the IHS would be increasing to £624 from October 2020. Also increasing is the discount rate of £470 for children, students and Youth Mobility scheme migrants.
Please note that failure to make the required payment will result in you not being able to submit your application.
With each Visa there is a different cost based in the foreign currency of the Country you are visiting, which together with our volatile South Africa Rand, results in the costs of Visas fluctuating. In order for us to provide you with a quote, reflecting the current cost for the Visa you require, please Click Here.
- A thorough and detailed information gathering process ensuring you are provided with the latest current information.
- Guidance as to the best submission process and submission centre regarding such applications.
- Counselling throughout the preparation process, providing you with checklists and templates for the supporting documents required for your application.
- Completing and submitting your online application.
- Arranging the couriering of your documents.
- Assisting in liaising and obtaining where possible supporting documentation and accreditation from the required 3rd parties. Noting that in some instances the time frame of such documentation is beyond the control of SA Travelbug.
- Arranging for the translation of required supporting documents.
- Preparation of a complete application dossier for presentation to Immigration Authorities, as required.
- If required we will also arrange your Consular appointment.
- To maintain the confidentiality of the client’s information and documents and to only release these details to the noted Government officials and those required by law or in order to expedite the application, unless the Applicant provides the authority to release information or documents to any other party.
You should get a decision within 12 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre.
Note: We cannot guarantee visa processing times in advance. All processing periods quoted are estimates only and subject to change.