Can I bring my mum to the UK?

Mother and Daughters
Legally reviewed by: Sherena Lawrence In: Immigration

One of the most frequently asked questions our immigration lawyers are asked is ‘can I bring my mum to the UK?’ If you are a British Citizen or permanently settled in the UK and wish to bring your mother to the UK you will need to consider the rules governing dependant relative applications.

How to Bring Parents to the UK?

The requirements are as follows:

  • That your mum must be living outside the UK;
  • That she must be making a valid entry clearance application;
  • That she must not fall for refusal under any of the suitability grounds;
  • That she must of course be over 18 years old;
  • That she must not be in a subsisting relationship with a partner unless that partner is also your parent and is applying for entry clearance at the same time;
  • That your mum must as a result of age, illness or disability require long-term personal care to perform everyday tasks.
  • That your mum must be unable, even with the practical and financial help of the sponsor, to obtain the required level of care in the country in which she is living because:
  1. It is not available and there is no person in that country who can reasonably provide it;
  2. It is not affordable.

You will be the Sponsor for the application and you must be aged 18 or over, British, permanently settled or in the UK with refugee status or humanitarian protection. You will also need to show that you can adequately maintain and accommodate your mum in the UK without relying on public funds. As part of this requirement you will need to sign an undertaking, confirming that you will not be relying on public funds and will be able to maintain and accommodate your mum for 5 years.

The rules are very strict and very few dependant relative applications are successful. If you have any queries or questions then please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration team.

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All advice is correct at time of publication.