If you are one of the relatives listed below (and can prove it) you can apply to join your family if present and settled in the UK. If your application is successful you will be granted an indefinite leave to enter. This route can be used by:
- A parent or grandparent who is either divorced, widowed, single or separated and is 65 years old or more;
- Parents or grandparents travelling together where at least one is 65 years or more;
- A parent or grandparent who is 65 years or more and who has entered into a second marriage (or civil partnership) but cannot rely on the spouse, civil partner or children of that second marriage (or civil partnership) for financial support and where the person they are seeking to join in the UK is able and happy to support the parent or grandparent and any spouse or civil partner or child of the second relationship who would qualify as a dependant;
- Parent(s) or grandparent(s) (whether one or both who are travelling together) under the age of 65 who is(are) living alone outside the UK in the most exceptional compassionate circumstances; or
- The son, daughter, sister, brother, uncle or aunt over the age of 18 if living alone outside the United Kingdom in the most exceptional compassionate circumstances.
In addition you must also prove that you:
- Are joining or coming with a person who is present and settled in the United Kingdom or who is coming to settle with you in the UK at the same time;
- Rely wholly or mainly on the relative present and settled in the United Kingdom for financial support;
- Your relative (sponsor) can show that he or she is able to provide adequate maintenance, accommodation and care for you without having to rely on public funds. Your relative will need to sign a sponsorship undertaking form to confirm that they will be responsible for your care without relying on public funds for a period of at least 5 years;
- Have no other close relatives in your own country who could financially support you; and
- Do not fall under the general grounds for refusal.