Thank-you for your question. I am an immigration barrister with over 10 years experience in UK immigration law.
It is not possible for your friend to apply to stay in the UK solely on the basis of his familial relationship with his aunt. There are no other categories under the Immigration Rules available to him. However, there is one possible route that may be open to him. If your friend has been caring for his aunt, who must be sick or disabled, then it may be possible for him to apply for leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules as a carer. He would have to provide the UKBA with evidence as to the type of illness/condition (this should be supported by a Consultant's letter); and the type of care required; and care which is available (e.g. from the Social Services or other relatives/friends); and the long-term prognosis. If successful, your friend would be granted leave to remain for 3 months. He could then apply for a further period of leave to continue to care for his sick relative. UKBA would then undertake detailed enquiries to establish the full facts of the case. At this stage your friend would have to produce the following:
If the UKBA were to be satisfied that there are sufficient exceptional compassionate circumstances to continue the exercise of discretion, leave to remain may be granted for up to 12 months at a time.
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