Q: I received my British citizenship a number of years ago, and am living in the UK with my wife and children. I am very concerned about my mother who is still in Australia, as her health is not what it should be and she is financially dependent on me. It will be better for all of us, financially and emotionally, if she is able to join us in the UK, but I am not sure whether there are any types of visas that will allow for this. Can you please advise?
A: There is a visa available known as the elderly dependent visa or rule 317 visa, for which she might qualify. In order to qualify your mother will have to be financially mainly dependent on you and be over the age of 65. If she is under the age of 65, she will have to show that she is a widow who is living alone outside your country of residence on the most exceptional compassionate circumstances.
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