Unpacking housing policy

Are soldiers who have non-UK national families in their home countries eligible to apply for Service Family Accommodation (SFA) if they want their loved ones to join them in the UK? In theory, yes. In practice...

Our experts

Our team provides families with trusted, expert knowledge and here we find out about their key pieces of work over the last few months. Anna Hutchinson – Education & Childcare The MOD and local authoritie...

Visa verification

AFF’s F&C team and the Home Office have worked together to resolve an issue which has been particularly affecting spouses of Gurkha soldiers who enlist on a 12-year contract. Spouses who are applying to en...

Young lives in limbo

What's life like for young adults who don’t have valid visas? It is a question that Katherine Houlston, AFF’s F&C Specialist, is better qualified than most to answer having recently spent time trying to hel...

Couples’ conundrum

Foreign & Commonwealth soldiers who are in long-term relationships are allowed to bring their partner to the UK, but the criteria are strict and it’s not easy to provide the evidence required. Here, our spe...

Are you an army of one?

Being a single parent and holding down a full-time job is challenging enough, but if you’re from a Commonwealth country and choose to join the British Army, it takes it to a whole new level. AFF has noticed a s...
Main photo: Hemraj Gharti Magar and family

The Visa Journey

Main photo: Hemraj Gharti Magar and family The opportunity to live overseas should be an exciting one but for some Foreign & Commonwealth families it can be a complex proposition. Here, our F&C speci...

Support for the Gurkha community

SSAFA’s Gurkha Support Service is available to all serving and veteran members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and their families. Local support is provided via a network of SSAFA volunteers to ensure the Gurkha com...

Teamwork testimonies

If you’re a non-UK family, your immigration status affects almost every part of your life in the UK, from your ability to work to opening a bank account. AFF’s F&C team works with a wide range of organisati...