I am a British citizen working in Iraq and want to move to the UK with my non-EU/EEA wife and my child. Right now, she is a refugee in Germany and has a 1-year residence permit and, with her, is my 16-month-old child. Although my child was born in Germany, she is a British citizen and also has a 1-year residence permit. How can I get my wife and child to England?
For your wife to move with you to the UK, she will need a ‘family of a settled person’ visa.
You may wonder whether she qualifies for this visa because you are not now resident in the UK. On the eligibility page, you can see that British citizens qualify by virtue of their British citizenship.
This visa is somewhat costly, the fee being £811 as of February 2017, plus a healthcare charge. (Using the healthcare charge calculator with some assumptions, I arrived at a charge of £600, but the actual charge may of course be different for your actual circumstances.)
If you can move with your wife to another EU country for at least six months before moving to the UK, you may instead be able to apply for a free EEA family permit under the EU freedom of movement directive, using the Surinder Singh route. The EEA family permit is easier to qualify for because the EEA sponsor does not (that is, you do not) need to meet mfinancial criteria.
Of course, the cost of the extra move could easily exceed the fees required to move directly, and the uncertainty associated with the UK's proposed departure from the EU also makes the EEA family permit approach less attractive.