Applying for a UK dependent visa

You can apply for a UK dependent visa as a partner of a UK visa holder. The dependent visa will then allow you to live in the UK for the same amount of time as the main visa holder.  

Not all visa holders can bring dependents to the UK. It depends on the type of visa your partner is on.

We may be able to help you apply for a UK dependent visa as an adult if your partner holds a points based visa or an ancestry visa.

If you are the partner of a British citizen and you would like to move to the UK to join them, you can apply for a spouse visa or an unmarried partner’s visa.

Child dependent visa

If you have a child under the age of 18 and you, as their parent, are living in the UK we can help you bring your child to come live with you on a child dependent visa. You can apply for a child dependent visa if you are a visa holder, a British citizen, or a holder of indefinite leave to remain.

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Applying for a UK dependent visa

Applying for the UK dependent 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 percent success rate on points-based visa applications and we been highly successful with all the family visa applications we have handled.

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

Dependent visa requirements

You can apply for a UK dependent visa from inside or outside the country.

Do keep in mind, if you are applying from inside the UK you cannot currently be staying here on a visitor visa.

Any adult applying for a dependant visa has to be either the spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of the main visa holder. That main visa holder can either be:

  • Already living in the UK on their visa, or
  • In the process of applying for their 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.

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.

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. Dependents 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.

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. Once the main applicant’s visa expires, the dependant’s visa expires too.

Dependent visa holders are generally allowed to work and study during their time in the UK.

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.

Start your dependent visa application

The application process for the UK dependant visa isn’t straight-forward, but you don’t need to worry.

Our immigration solicitors are here to support you with your dependent visa 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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