Dependants of Tier 4 Visa Holders

If your spouse, civil partner or parent is applying for a Tier 4 visa you can apply for your own Tier 4 dependant visa at the same time. Our solicitors can guide you through the whole process, and help take a lot of the worry out of your move. 
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At AWH Solicitors we hold a 100 per cent success rate for points-based visa applications. This is down to the exceptional service and support our solicitors provide.

If you want to find out if you are eligible for a Tier 4 dependant visa, get in touch today. We are here to support you throughout the application process to give you the best possible chance of success.

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General requirements

As a general rule, dependents need to meet the following requirements to qualify for a Tier 4 dependents visa:

  • You need to be able to prove your relationship with the applicant. This is true for both child and adult dependents
  • You need to provide evidence that the main applicant has enough funds or income to support you, or that you can support yourself, without access to public funds

If you are a dependant of a Tier 1, 2 or 5 visa holder, read more here

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Applying as a dependant child

To be eligible as a dependant child you need to be under 18 and financially and emotionally dependent upon the main applicant. You can’t apply for this visa if you are married, living away from home or working full time.

If you are applying as a dependent child, both your parents need to be lawfully present in the UK at the time. They cannot be here on a visitor visa.

If they are applying for visas at the same time as your parents, they need to be granted entry clearance at the same time as you.

If one of your parents is already in the UK, and the other is applying to join them you both need to apply at the same time and gain your clearance together. Children cannot be granted entry clearance before the second parent.

If you have only one surviving parent, or if you were brought up by only one parent, you can apply to join your parent in the UK (as long as they are here legally) or alongside them for entry clearance at the same time.

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Other requirements

Biometric residence permits

One of the requirements for a Tier 4 dependent visa is that you obtain a biometric residence permit. To do this you simply need to visit a visa application centre. They will take your fingerprints and photograph, then issue you with the permit to share with the Home Office.

Criminal record certificates

Since the 6th of April 2017, adult partners of points-based-system migrants may need to provide criminal record certificates. If this applies to you, you’ll need to present one for each country you have been present in for a period longer than one year over the last ten years.

This isn’t necessary for certain occupations, however, namely:

  • Public health managers
  • Nurses
  • Midwifes
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Ophthalmic opticians
  • Dental practitioners
  • Medical radiographers
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Teaching professionals
  • Education advisers
  • School inspectors
  • Social services managers and directors
  • Social workers
  • Probation officers
  • Welfare professionals

You also don’t need to provide criminal records for any period in which you were under the age of 18.

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Leave to remain

If your parent or partner is settled in the UK, you may be eligible for ‘leave to remain’.

You can apply for ‘limited leave to remain’ if they have a points-based Tier 4 general visa. If they have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK, you can apply for this too.

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However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can suspect and what fees we will charge.

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Immigration solicitor fees
30 minute initial consultation £60 + VAT
Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over £60 + VAT
Initial consultation + advice letter £300 + VAT
Visa checking service(no drafting) £250 + VAT
Extension applications settlement From £1,000 + VAT

Entry clearance fees - out of country
Visit Visa £600 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Employed £700 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Self Employed £800 + VAT
Dependants (Parent/Relatives) From £800 + VAT

What is included:

  • Advice on procedures and law
  • Completion of the paper and on line application form
  • Advice on all documents required to submit with application
  • Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
  • Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
  • Preparation of the covering letter
  • Attendances and follow up

In country applications (extensions)
Extension applications for:

  • Spouse visa
  • Tier 4 student
  • Application for discretionary leave/humanitarian protection
  • Applications for long residence
  • EEA Applications
  • Domestic violence applications
Services include:

  • Attendance and advice on procedure and legal procedure
  • Advice and completion of forms
  • Advice on documents required
  • Preparation of covering letter
  • Submission to Home Office
From £800 + VAT
Points based system - applications and extensions applications
  • Extension applications
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 4
All cases are individually assessed and if additional dependants are placed on application they will be charged seperately.

From £900 + VAT

Other Immigration applications
Application for transfer of visa into biometrics card £400 + VAT
Travel document application £400 + VAT
Entry clearance forms (completion only) £70 + VAT
Home Office Forms (completion only) £200 + VAT
Asylum From £2,000 + VAT
Asylum - fresh claim £1,200 -£1,500 + VAT

British Citizenship
Application for British citizenship/children registration £500 + VAT

Corporate fees
Employers licence for businesses (online) From £1,000 + VAT
Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Tier 1 extension application (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Business audit services Price available upon request

Lodge appeal only £400 + VAT
Lodge appeal and representation £1,200 - £1,500 + VAT
Asylum appeal £1,500 - £2,000 + VAT
Bail application and representation at hearing From £1,000 + VAT
Application for permission to appeal to upper tribunal From £900 + VAT
Review of decision and counsels opinion £350 + VAT

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