Thanks for your question. I will try to help.
You should be able to apply for UK passports for your children right now, this is because you were born in the UK before 1983 and are therefore a UK citizen “otherwise than by descent”, which means that you can pass on your UK citizenship to such of your children as are born outside the UK. So, you should be able to get UK passports for them and this will sort out the children.
As to your wife, she will have to apply from a spouse visa.
The webpage on spouse visas is here:
The eligibility criteria is here:-
If the application is well prepared and you meet the following eligibility criteria then it will make the application easy and quick to decide upon for the UKBA. To be eligible, you must show:-
- you and your partner are both aged 18 or over at the date of application;
- your partner is a British Citizen, or is present and settled in the UK, or is here with refugee leave or humanitarian protection;
- your partner is not related to you in a way that means you could not marry in UK law;
- you and your partner have met in person;
- your relationship with your partner is genuine and subsisting if you are married or in a civil partnership, your marriage or civil partnership is valid in UK law;
- if you are not married or in a civil partnership you have been living with your partner in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least 2 years prior to the date of the application;
- you meet the suitability requirements
- any previous relationship has permanently broken down (this does not apply to certain polygamous relationships);
- you and your partner intend to live together permanently in the UK;
- You must meet the financial requirement:-
- This means that the UK based spouse must earn a minimum income threshold of £18,600. Alternatively, if you have savings of £62, 500.00 then you would not have to prove any salary. You can also use a mix of the two.
- You would also have to show that you meet the English language requirement:-
She will need to apply for settlement (ie. spouses visa) by using form VAF4A Settlement, but the application is actually made online. It is a complicated application with a demanding amount of documentary evidence required to be submitted and you should consider instructing a UK based solicitor in order to assist you with it.
You can find Uk immigration solicitors through the following Law Society Website search engine:-
I assume that you do not have any savings.
The financial requirement is a little complicated in circumstances like yours, but if your pensions realised cash savings (and you took them as lump sums) then this would equate to £12400 which can be used to meeting the £18600 income threshold. So, you would need £6200 income from other sources. If you receive £640 p/m state pension then this would work out at around £7680 income and therefore you would (just) meet the financial requirement.
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