EUSS Family Permit. Extended family members are not eligible to apply

One of the most common questions asked lately by EU nationals living in the UK is “Can I bring my brother?” or “Could my sister join me?”

Brothers and sisters may have strong emotional ties, but they are not considered by the UK immigration rules as close family members. They are extended family members for the purposes of entry clearance rules.

Unfortunately, after 1 January 2021 it is not possible for brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews to join someone who is a family member, a Swiss or an EEA citizen, and who has settled or pre-settled status in the UK. These extended family members are not eligibile to apply for an EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit.

Nevertheless, they may enter the country as visitors. However, visitors cannot work or study or use the NHS healthcare services for free, and cannot apply for pre-settled status whilst in the UK.

Of course, they may apply under other routes, for example if they are skilled workers, temporary workers, or students.

If you want to apply for an EUSS Family Permit and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.