Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees a right to respect for your family and private life.

This legal guide explains the immigration laws and policies relevant to women from abroad who have a family and/or private life in the UK. It also explains some of the options that may be available to a woman who wishes to make an immigration application on that basis.

This guide does not look at the rights of somebody who has committed a criminal offence and wishes to challenge their deportation or those who are seeking to remain in the UK on health grounds.

Family and private life cases can be extremely complicated and they are fact-specific. That means that each individual case needs to be
assessed on its merits and on the evidence available. You should always seek legal advice about your specific case.#

You can download a copy of this legal guide here

Please also read our update on 'Women, Families and Article 8 of the ECHR', available here


You can find a list of useful contacts for further support here.