The new rules which allow adult dependent relatives of non European Economic Area Nationality to settle in the UK only apply to those who can demonstrate that as a result of age, illness or disability, they require a level of long term personal care that can only be provided in the UK by their relatives here and without recourse to benefits.
The new rules seek to ensure that only those who need to be physically close to and cared for by a close relative in the UK, are able to settle here. Those who do not have such care needs can be supported financially in the country in which they live by their relatives in the UK. The route the Government will argue therefore continues to provide for those most in need of care but not for those who simply have a preference to come to live in the UK with a relative here.
The new route is also limited to applicants from overseas. Non dependent relatives can continue to visit family members in the UK for up to six months but must return home at the end of their visit. The Government hopes that as a result of these changes they will expect the number qualifying for settlement as an adult dependent relative to be lower than before.