UK Depandent Visa
People from overseas can come to the United Kingdom
as the partners, children and/or elderly dependent relatives of people
who are already in the United Kingdom or are entering the UK under any
of the visa categories. Work Permits and Visas are designed to permit
the applicant's family to share the benefits of living in the UK.
There are specific limitations on the dependents, based on the visa held
by the sponsor such as the age of the dependents and the length of the
relationship they share with the principal applicant permanently settled
in the UK. Dependents are allowed to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain
in the UK (ILR), often referred to as permanent residency. Dependent visa
holders have no restrictions on the type of work and business they can
- Same-sex civil partners, proposed
same-sex civil partners
- Unmarried partners
- Widowed parent and Grand parent
aged 65 years and above
- Parents or grand parents of
whom at least one among them is aged 65years and above
- If the parent of the applicant
is aged 65 and above and is not able to take care of his/her spouse
or children of the second marriage due to lack of financial support
and applicant who is the citizen of the UK is able and agrees to sponsor
- Parent or grandparent living
alone and dependent on the applicant who is settled in Britain for his/her
- The person who is related to
applicant as Son, Daughter, Sister, Brother, Aunt or Uncle over the
age of 18 and living alone in the most exceptional circumstances and
mainly dependent financially on relatives settled in Britain.
- Demonstrate that the person
migrating is financially dependent on the relative who is a citizen
of the UK
- Demonstrate that the relative
who is in the UK is able to financially support and accommodate himself
and his/her dependents with out having recourse to public Funds.
- The dependent should not have
any other relative in the UK to whom he/she can turn for financial support.
Dependents are given permission to enter and live in
the UK and can stay for the same length of time as of the main applicant.
Dependents have the same freedom to live and work in Britain without restriction
and can undertake any kind of employment without any restriction.
The applicants can also apply for British Nationality once they have spent
a continuous period of 5 years in the country. They should also have held
permanent residence status for one year before the application is lodged
and must meet with all other naturalization requirements.
Duration of UK Dependent Visa
The dependent visa holder is permitted to stay for indefinite
period in the UK. The only condition is that he/she should not stay outside
the UK for more than 2 years. This will result in loss of indefinite Leave
to Remain in the UK.
Dependents - Temporary Visa Categories
The dependents can migrate to the UK under the following
- As spouse or unmarried partner
of HSMP/HSW Tier 1 visa holder, provided they demonstrate that their
relationship existed for two years prior to the application.
- The dependent can also migrate
to the UK with a marriage visa, and the De Facto visa or unmarried partner
visa. This visa allows unmarried partners to live and work in the UK
for an initial period of two years after which ILR may be applied for.
- The dependent can also enter
the UK on a fiancee visa, issued for a period of six months.
- As dependents of Tier 2, Tier
4 applicants holding a valid visa to live and work in the UK
While there are several reasons for refusal of your visa.
Our visa & immigration specialists are well acquainted with the reasons
for refusal of applications and ensure that our clients do not have to
be disappointed. Since we have handled huge number of Refusal visas of
different countries, we increase your chances to get the visa.
We thereby gear you with useful advice to easily qualify through every
step and overcome every hurdle without any hassle and finally get your
visa approval, easily. Grounds on which visa application is usually refused
- Inability to produce sufficient
- Insufficient funds to support
one`s own or dependants' expenses
- Criminal record of the applicant
- Disclosure of any essential
fact about the applicant, otherwise hidden by them
- Insufficient proof to provide
evidence for residence abroad or strong ties, such as family, employment
or any other that ensure your return to your native country
- Not presented the file properly
- Inefficiency to convince the
consular in every respect that you deserve visa and you meet their requirement
in all angles
- Insufficient information provided
in the application form and lack of providing the demanded documents
may also cause the return of application and extends your visa procedure
but this doesn't cause the refusal of the applications
The partners of applicants in all the above categories
except in HSMP/HSW Tier 1 should hold settled status in the UK. Dependents
on the Tier 2 visa require their own work permit to work in the UK.
Dependents on Tier 1, Tier 4 visas can live and work without restriction.
Extension of the stay under UK Dependent Visa
The dependents can apply for extension of their stay
by applying for further leave to remain along with the applicant, provided
the applicant provides all the necessary details and supporting documents
required are given. Any child aged 18years and above has to lodge a separate
application with a required fee paid.
Dependents can apply for extension of their stay by applying
for settlement visa along with the applicant, provided the applicant gives
all the necessary details and supporting documents required. Any dependent
aged 18 years and above have to demonstrate their knowledge of English
and life in the United Kingdom before the settlement visa is granted.
If not, they should apply for extension of their stay.
Tier 4 - Dependents
Applicants can bring their dependents provided they are
married partners and demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to meet
their maintenance requirement with out having recourse to public funds.
Dependents are granted a visa for the same length of time as the applicant.
There is no provision for dependents to migrate to the UK when the applicant
is a child student.
Tier 2 - Dependents
Spouse, common law, civil or unmarried partner of the
applicant and any dependent children can be included in the application
at the same time. Any such dependents would be granted the same period
of leave as the main tier 2 visa applicant.
Dependents will be able to work in the UK, but would need to apply for
their own work permits.
Post Study Work Visa - Dependents
Applicants can bring their dependants, including their
spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, and/or children under 18 with
them. They have to prove their ability to support their dependents without
seeking help from public funds.
Marriage / Spouse Visa
Foreign nationals who are already married to a British
citizen or person who has settlement status in the UK can enter or remain
in the UK on a Spouse/marriage visa. Applicants should apply for entry
clearance, if applications are made outside the UK. For those inside the
UK, an application for further leave to remain as a spouse should be made.
Dependents can take up any employment and there are no restrictions on
the type of work that can be undertaken
To apply for the spouse visa the following criteria should
- You are married to or are the
civil partner of a person who is present and settled in the United Kingdom;
- You must be 21 years of age
or over and the partner with settled status in the UK must be 21 years
of age or over.
- You are legally married to each
other and the marriage is subsisting
- You and your spouse intend to
live together permanently as husband and wife
- You have met each other
- Both of you have adequate funds
to be able to support yourselves as well as any dependants without claiming
- Accommodation for yourselves,
and any dependants, must be suitable and available.
- You must now show that you can
speak and understand English if you are a non-European migrant and you
want to enter or extend your stay in the UK as the partner of a British
citizen or a person settled here.
If a person has more than one husband or wife, only one
of them will be allowed to join them in the UK as their husband or wife
under the UK marriage visa.
Spouses seeking to come to the UK on the basis of marriage to a UK national
should apply for entry clearance before entering the UK. If the couple
get married in the UK, it is permissible for the application to be lodged
in the UK. If the application is made within the UK, then the person should
have leave to remain in the UK on a visa category that was initially issued
for a period of more than six months, at the time of making the application.
Duration of the UK Dependent Visa
Successful applicants are granted permission to stay
and work in the UK initially for 2 years. At the end of the 2 year probationary
period, a person can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the
UK, if they are still married and living together.
Applicants may also be granted permanent stay in the country; this is
usually applicable to a person who has been married and living abroad
with their spouse for four years at the time the application is made for
entry into the UK.
Children under the age of 18 will be granted entry to the UK as dependants
and can make their application at the same time as the main applicant.
After a total period of three years in UK and if they meet the residence
requirements they can apply for British naturalization in order to remain
in the country under a grant of UK citizenship.
Fiance / Fiancee Visas
A UK Fiance/fiancee visa allows a person to bring their
fiance/fiaeee to live with them in the UK. The person should have a settled
status in the UK and should be currently living in the UK or are returning
to the UK with him/her to live permanently.
The following requirements must be fulfilled to apply
for a fiance/fiancee visa
- You are seeking to enter the
UK because of your relationship to a person who is present and settled
in the UK
- You and the sponsor are aged
21 and over
- You plan to marry or register
a civil partnership within 6 months
- You and your fiance/fiancee
intend to live together permanently after you are married or registered
a civil partnership.
- You have met your future spouse
- You are seeking entry for marriage
in the UK and not seeking entry as a married person
- You and your fiance/e must show
that there will be sufficient funds and accommodation in the UK without
requiring public funds before and after the marriage.
Even if your fiance, fiancee or proposed civil partner
is a national of a country where there is normally no need for a visa
to enter the United Kingdom, he/she must obtain permission to enter the
United Kingdom before traveling. Applications should be made to the British
Diplomatic post in the country the applicant resides in.
Duration of the visa
Fiances/fiancees will be given entry clearance for a
6-month period, for the purpose of traveling to the UK to get married.
During this period they are not allowed to be employed and are prohibited
from having access to public funds.
If there are exceptional reasons for delaying the marriage until after
the initial six months, an extension to stay in the UK may be granted.
However you need to demonstrate good reason as to why the marriage has
not taken place and be able to show when the marriage will take place.
After you have married or registered a civil partnership, the applicant
is eligible to apply to stay in the UK as a spouse. The applicant will
then be entitled to a 2-year probationary period of leave. Once the fiance/fiancee
visa has successfully been switched to a Marriage visa, the applicant
will be able to start working in the UK.
After two years, if you are still married or in a civil partnership and
plan to live together, your husband, wife or civil partner may apply to
live permanently in the UK.
Unmarried Partner Visa
A person who has a settled status in the UK can bring
over their unmarried partner, both in a heterosexual and same sex relationship,
to live with them in the UK.
Both partners need to prove that they have been living in a relationship
akin to marriage for at least two years and that it is a permanent relationship.
The following requirements must be fulfilled to apply
for an unmarried partner visa
- You and your partner are aged
21 and over
- You have to prove that any previous
relationship whether in marriage or as an unmarried couple has ended;
evidence should be provided of how long ago the previous relationship
ended, whether by divorce or separation
- You must be able to show that
both have been living in a relationship akin to marriage for two years
or more. Documentary evidence confirming the same should be provided.
- You intend to live together
permanently with your partner.
- You possess sufficient funds
to pay for you and your partner's living expenses and those of any dependants
without claiming public funds
- Accommodation for the unmarried
partners, and any dependants, must be suitable and available
Duration of the Visa
The partner should obtain entry clearance before coming
into the UK from the British Diplomatic post in their home country. If
both the partners have been living together for less than four years,
a two-year probationary visa is granted. At the end of 2 years, if both
are still living together, the partner can apply for indefinite leave
If both the partners have been together for more than four years outside
the UK, you will be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
without having to go through the probationary period.
Unmarried partners of those who hold an Ancestry visa, work permit, HSMP
and Tier 1 visa should apply for entry clearance.
Children of the unmarried partners who are under 18 years old are allowed
entry to the UK as dependants. Children can be included in the application
at the same time as the main applicant.