A parent settlement application is a type of visa application for parents who wish to join their child who is a British citizen or a settled person in the UK. To be eligible for a parent settlement visa, the parent must be over the age of 18 and be the biological or adoptive parent of the British citizen or settled person.
To apply for a parent settlement visa, the parent must meet certain requirements and provide evidence to support their application. These requirements include:
- Relationship: The parent must show that they have a genuine and subsisting relationship with their British citizen or settled child.
- Financial requirement: The parent must meet the financial requirement, which includes a minimum income threshold and sufficient savings.
- Accommodation: The parent must have suitable accommodation in the UK, which can be provided by the British citizen or settled child.
- English language: The parent must have a basic knowledge of English language, which can be demonstrated through a recognized English language test or by completing a degree-level qualification in English.
- Health: The parent must provide a medical certificate to show that they do not have any serious health conditions.
- Criminal record: The parent must provide a police certificate to show that they do not have any criminal convictions.
Once the application is submitted, the Home Office will assess the application and may request further information or evidence if necessary. If the application is approved, the parent will be granted a settlement visa, which allows them to live and work in the UK indefinitely. After five years of living in the UK with a settlement visa, the parent may be eligible to apply for British citizenship.