Dependant Visa

This visa is applicable for family members of people in the UK with a points-based visa.

For applications under the ‘Points-Based System’ (PBS), the immigration rules define ‘dependants’ as being:

  • Husband, wife or civil partner
  • Unmarried or same-sex partner
  • Child aged under 18 at the time of application

No other family members are eligible to be dependants.

Applying for a Dependant Visa

Applying for this type of visa can be a terribly complex process, however with our solicitors in your corner you can be assured that everything will be managed correctly and as smoothly as possible.

At AWH Solicitors we hold a 100 percent success rate on point based visa applications and we have been highly successful with all the family visa applications we have handled.

Our solicitors are here for you. For more information you can simply call or email us today. We can speak with you over the phone or schedule in a consultation to go through your requirements in more detail.

  • General requirements

    You may either apply from inside or outside the country. If you are applying from inside the UK then you can not be on a visitor visa.

    Spouses and Partners

    Individuals who wish to apply for a dependant visa must be the spouse or civil partner, unmarried or same-sex partner of a person who is either:

    • Present in the UK and holds valid leave as a relevant points-based system migrant; or
    • Is at the same time applying for leave (either inside or outside the UK) as a relevant points-based system migrant

    For unmarried and same-sex partners the couple must have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage/civil partnership for a period of at least two years.

    Children

    For children to be granted a dependant visa, the following rules must be met:

    • The whole family is applying for visas at the same time, and if they are applying from abroad are also entering the UK at the same time, or
    • Both parents are present in the UK with the children applying to join them from abroad, or
    • One parent is present in the UK and the other parent is applying for a visa from abroad at the same time as the children

    There is an exception for families with only one parent. In such circumstances, the following conditions must be met:

    • They are the sole surviving parent of the child(ren), or
    • They hold ‘sole responsibility’ for the child(ren), or
    • There are serious or compelling family considerations which must be taken into account

    In these circumstances, it is essential to provide UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) with clear evidence that one of these criteria are met, otherwise the application is likely to be refused.

  • Maintenance requirements

    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 individuals holding a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa are not obliged to meet these maintenance requirements.

  • English language requirements

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

Conditions of Leave

Dependent visas, once issued, are valid for the same length of time as the main applicant’s visa and allow multiple entries into and exit from the UK.

There are restrictions for holders of this visa, which include:

  • The right to work in the UK in any job, at any skill level, except as a doctor or dentist in training, and
  • No recourse to public funds, and
  • Registration with the police

The only possible exception relates to Tier 4 dependant visas. If the main applicant’s Tier 4 visa is valid for less than 12 months, they will not be permitted to work whilst in the UK, unless the main applicant is a government sponsored student.

Please note that the ability to live and work in the UK on a dependant visa is tied to the validity of the main applicant’s visa. Once their visa expires, the dependant’s visa also expires.

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