Union with partner or visit to family

If you are staying in the UK for an extended period of time to reunite with your partner or to visit family, you may need a visa depending on how long you will be in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you are visiting your family or partner for 6 months or less.

If the family member you are joining is from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you may be able to apply for a free family permit. This will make your entry to the UK quicker and easier. Your family member must have settled in the UK before 1 January 2021.

If you intend to stay longer than 6 months, the visa you will need to apply for will depend on your family member’s situation. If your application is successful, you will be able to work or study in the UK.

If your family has settled in the UK you are able to apply for a family visa if your family member or partner

  • is a British citizen
  • is resident in the UK (called ‘indefinite leave to remain’)
  • has resident or quasi-resident status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • has a visa as a Turkish worker or businessman 

Your family member must be your partner, child, parent or relative who will provide long-term care.

If your family are working or studying in the UK you will be able to apply as a ‘dependant’ on your parent or partner’s visa if they are working or studying in the UK.

If your family member has been living in the UK since before 1 January 2021, instead of applying for a visa you may be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge. Your immediate family member must be a citizen of an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (or a British citizen who has lived with you in one of these countries) or must have settled in the UK before 1 January 2021.

To apply for the EU Settlement Scheme outside the UK, you must:

  • be a national of an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein or
  • have a relevant UK document – such as a residence card, permanent residence card or derivative residence card.

Otherwise, you will need to apply for a free family permit to come to the UK. Once you are in the UK you will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Honorary Consulate of San Marino endeavours to keep the information above updated but strongly recommends checking the UK government website for any eventual changes.

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