Dependants of Tier 1, 2 and 5 Visa Holders

If you are the family member of someone who is living in the UK on a points-based visa, you can join them as a dependant on a dependants visa. This visa will allow you to live, study and work here for the same amount of time as the main visa holder. We can help make sure every part of your application is taken care of and your loved ones are well looked after.
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Who can apply

Under the ‘Points-Based System’ (PBS), ‘dependants’ are defined as:

  • A husband, wife or civil partner
  • An unmarried or same-sex partner
  • A child aged under 18 at the time of application

Please be aware that at this time no other family members are considered for a dependant visa.

You can apply for your dependant visa at the same time as your family member, or after them, even if they have already been living in the UK for some time. However, you may not arrive in the UK before them.

The visa application process for dependants isn’t straight-forward, but you don’t need to worry. Our solicitors are here to support you with your application from start to finish, no matter how challenging your circumstances may be. If you want to feel confident your application is as good as it can be, get in touch today.

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Applying for a dependant visa

Applying for this type of visa can be a very complex process. However, with our help you can feel confident that everything will be managed correctly.

We hold a 100 per cent success rate on points-based visa applications and been highly successful with all the family visa applications we have handled.

If you would like expert support with your application, our solicitors are here for you. You can call or email us today, or request a call back, to go through everything in detail.

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General requirements

You can apply for a dependant visa from inside or outside the country. However, if you are applying from inside the UK you cannot currently be staying here on a visitor visa.

Spouses and partners

Anyone applying for a dependant visa has to be either the spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of their sponsor. The sponsor can be either:

  • Present in the UK with leave as a relevant points-based system migrant
  • Applying for leave (either inside or outside the UK) as a points-based system migrant

If you are unmarried or same-sex partners, you need to have been living together in a relationship equivalent to a marriage/civil partnership for at least two years.


For your children to be granted a dependant visa, one of the following rules needs to be met:

  • The whole family are applying for visas at the same time, and will be entering the UK at the same time
  • Both parents are present in the UK, with the child joining them from abroad,
  • One parent is present in the UK and the other parent applying for a visa from abroad at the same time as the child

An exception is made for families with only one parent. In these circumstances, you must either:

  • Be the sole surviving parent
  • Have sole responsibility for the child

If you have other exceptional family circumstances, these may be taken into account too.

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Maintenance requirements

The law states that you must be able to support yourselves for the entire duration of your stay in the UK without needing help from public funds.

However, exceptions do apply. Family members of anyone with a Tier 1 exceptional talent visa don’t have to meet these maintenance requirements.

English language requirements

There are currently no English language requirements for dependants of individuals with a points-based visa.

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What this type of visa will allow

Once they’ve been issued, dependent visas are valid for the same length of time as the main applicant’s visa and allow multiple entries and departures from the UK.

Restrictions do apply though. For instance, dependants:

  • Do not have the right to work in the UK in any job, at any skill level, except as a doctor or dentist in training
  • Have no access to public funds
  • Must register with the police

The only exception is for anyone with a Tier 4 dependant visa. If the main applicant’s Tier 4 visa is valid for less than 12 months, dependants can’t work in the UK, unless the main applicant is a government sponsored student.

Learn more about applying as a dependant of a Tier 4 visa holder

Living and working in the UK on a dependant visa depends on the main applicant’s visa. Once the main applicant’s visa expires, the dependant’s visa expires too.

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