Family reunion for refugees

Information and help for refugees that want to bring loved ones to the UK. 

Visa applications to be reunited with your family are handled by the UK Home Office.

We can help you understand how to apply for family reunion. We may be able to help you find an immigration adviser, provide visa support and travel assistance.

Understanding family reunion

Use our guide to find out what you need to know about family reunion, including:

  • how to apply
  • who can apply
  • what documents you need
  • costs involved
  • where to get help with your application
  • preparing for your family’s arrival
  • how we can help, including visa support and travel costs

Download: Frequently asked questions guide (PDF).

View the translations of the guide.

Cover of family reunion frequently asked questions document.

How we can help

Use our enquiry form and our team may provide information on:

  • what’s involved in the application process
  • immigration advisers and other organisations that can help
  • how we might be able to help

By completing the enquiry form, we may be able to provide general advice on the family reunion process or connect you with our other services. The form is not an application for family reunion but will help us understand your needs. 


We can’t give legal advice, apply on your behalf or pay for your application for family reunion.

If you have problems filling in the form:
(We’re available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Help with travel

We can provide practical and financial support throughout the process of travelling to the UK.

We may be able to help if you have a visa for your family members and if they are either:

  • a child or children without a parent ('unaccompanied children') or
  • three or more members of the same family.

If your family already have refugee family reunion visas and you need help with travel to the UK, contact your local refugee service.

Further help for refugees