Can I Bring My Brother or Sister to the UK?


How can I Bring My Brother or Sister to the UK?

Can I bring my brother or sister to the UK?” This common question has a simple answer. You can sponsor your siblings to live with you if you’re a British citizen or have an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. Here’s what you need to know about the process.

If you’re living in the UK and miss your brother or sister, you might want to bring them over. This is possible for British citizens and those with ILR. The UK immigration office will ask why it’s important for your sibling to move. You might want to help them, or they may need medical care. Make sure you have a strong reason to support their application.

Nevertheless, you must meet certain requirements to sponsor your sibling’s move to the UK. These rules can be strict and often depend on the age of the applicant.

Requirements For Applicants Above 18 Years

If the sibling is over 18, an application for a dependent relative visa must be made. 

In such a case, several relationships and financial benchmarks have to be achieved. They include:

1. Relationship requirements

The applicant, who in this case is your brother or sister, must be over 18 years old. Their application must be based on solving a particular need that includes an illness or disability. You must prove that the siblings must be around you to receive medical assistance or something of this nature. Also, you must convince the Home Office that your sister or brother is in pertinent need of long-term care without which they will have a difficult life. There must be no one who can look after them in their home country. Also, you must prove that even where there is financial aid, it is practically impossible or unaffordable to obtain assistance in their home country. This means that their relocation to the UK is the only way to achieve medical aid.

2. Financial requirements

You are also required to prove your financial stability when applying to bring your siblings to the UK. First, you must demonstrate that you have the financial power to shoulder your siblings’ needs once they relocate. Also, you must prove that you can comfortably accommodate your siblings and take care of their healthcare needs. The UK government will deny admission to applicants who expect to apply for public funds to maintain their siblings.

Under this requirement, you must also commit to repaying all the public funds used by the applicants. This includes all the funds that your sibling has used for five years while in the country. In addition, you will sign a document to assent to pay this money on behalf of your sibling. Therefore, you must be doing pretty well financially to guarantee your brother or sister’s relocation.

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What Are The Considerations For Siblings Below 18 Years?

You can also apply to relocate your brother or sister who is below 18 years to the UK. Such an application is nonetheless subject to fulfillment of certain benchmark conditions. For example, you must make a case that your sibling’s exclusion from your life by living in another country is unsuitable. Also, you must prove that you have made arrangements to accommodate your sibling in the country. Any application will be based on the health and financial needs of the sibling and on Article 8 Houma rights grounds. 

There is an exception, though, from the case of applicants above 18 years. Even though you must prove that you can take care of them, the conditions are less stringent. A sibling below this age is considered a minor, and thus the rules.

You must nonetheless prove that you have adequate maintenance for your sibling’s upkeep. This means you earn more or the same as an individual in income support would make. You must also meet your accommodation needs once you have brought your siblings to the country.

Regardless of whether an applicant is 18 years old or below this age, the application process is quite complex. Also, the applicant will part with a lot in terms of fees. This is why you need the assistance of a reputable immigration expert like Gulbenkian Andonian’s UK immigration lawyers and solicitors in London. We are proud to say that we are one of the best in this field and will assist you in navigating the entire process.

What Are My Requirements?

There are essential conditions that you need to achieve to qualify to bring your siblings to the UK, and these are mostly based on human rights grounds. You can also, if from the EU and here on pre-settled or settled status, sponsor your sibling from the EU to come there as your dependent, if there are compassionate reasons for doing so now after the transitional provision under the EU withdrawal agreement ended on the 31st December 2020 If you want to bring your EU sibling here there must be a good reason why they did not come here prior to 31st December 2020, and even if here before then, there should be a good reason why they did not apply for pre-settled status for example prior to 30th June 2021.

To bring your sibling to the UK from abroad when they need a visa is more difficult to achieve than to make an application for them to stay here when they are already here in the UK in some other capacity.

What Factors Determine How Your Siblings Should Apply?

You must ensure that the applicant doesn’t apply to enter the UK as a visitor. If they happen to first apply as visitors, they will have to move back to their country when their visa expires unless there are compelling reasons for applying from within the UK.

EU citizens might have a better chance of being granted pre-settled status here even if they recently arrived if they have good reasons for applying now when they should have applied before 30th June 2021.

Bringing your siblings to the UK is undoubtedly one of the most significant things you’ll do for them. However, after Brexit, this is not as simple as it was in the past. You will have to undergo a rigorous process in which you must prove that they require you to be near you.

This strenuous procedure should nonetheless not stress you when you have the right immigration solicitor. Gulbenkian Andonian immigration solicitors will sort any complexity that arises during the application process. Contact us, and we will get everything fixed, and before you know it, you’ll be living with your sibling.

Thinking of bringing your brother or sister over to the UK?

We understand how important it is to be close to loved ones. That’s why we make the family immigration process as easy as possible.

At Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors, we’re experts in helping families reunite. We’ll guide you through every step, from collecting documents to filling out forms and preparing you for your interview.

Contact us today and talk to our friendly immigration team.

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