Can we bring my Mother in Law over?

Old Jul 24th 2018, 2:27 pm
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Default Can we bring my Mother in Law over?

Hi All,

I've done a lot of research here and I don't believe it's possible that my Mother in Law can get a long term visa or citizenship to move to the UK, however, I thought I'd ask on here in case I've missed anything and there is a possibility.

Essentially, my husband and his brother have dual nationality - South African and British - as their father was born in the UK and moved to SA as a child. They both now live in the UK with their families.

My husband's mom was married to their dad for several years in which time she believes she would have been eligible for a British passport, although she never 'got round to it'. They since divorced and he has also since passed away.

From what I've seen, there is no visa type that she would be eligible for, but it just feels really unreasonable that her adult children can live in the UK as citizens with their families and effectively leave her alone in South Africa.

Has anyone been in a similar situation and managed to find a way?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jul 24th 2018, 3:37 pm
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Default Re: Can we bring my Mother in Law over?

Unless she qualifies as a fully dependent parent, there is no visa available to her.

https://www.gov.uk/uk-family-visa/ad...ndent-relative

If she herself has British and/or European ancestry there might be other options.
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Old Jul 26th 2018, 12:54 pm
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Default Re: Can we bring my Mother in Law over?

Originally Posted by laurafox87 View Post
Hi All,

I've done a lot of research here and I don't believe it's possible that my Mother in Law can get a long term visa or citizenship to move to the UK, however, I thought I'd ask on here in case I've missed anything and there is a possibility.

Essentially, my husband and his brother have dual nationality - South African and British - as their father was born in the UK and moved to SA as a child. They both now live in the UK with their families.

My husband's mom was married to their dad for several years in which time she believes she would have been eligible for a British passport, although she never 'got round to it'. They since divorced and he has also since passed away.

From what I've seen, there is no visa type that she would be eligible for, but it just feels really unreasonable that her adult children can live in the UK as citizens with their families and effectively leave her alone in South Africa.

Has anyone been in a similar situation and managed to find a way?

Thanks in advance.
Unfortunately since July 2012 that door is closed. you used to be able to bring over parents over age of retirement. Now its impossible.
see article: https://www.freemovement.org.uk/out-with-the-old/

You need to explore her ancestors, where she was born, in more detail to see if she has any other route open etc... and when /where she married her now deceased British husband and where they lived. South Africa left the Commonwealth for quite a while and unfortunately that may rule out her acquiring BC by her past marriage...
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