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UK Dependent Visas

The Dependent Visa category enables the dependents of a person who is a permanent resident or UK citizen to apply to join them in the UK. This type of application typically applies to families and children.

The person who is a permanent resident or UK citizen and upon whom the application is based is referred to as the ‘sponsor’.

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Eligibility Requirements

To qualify as a dependent, you must be the spouse, unmarried partner, or civil partner of the sponsor. Children under the age of 18 can also accompany the sponsor to the UK as the sponsor’s dependents. Please note that if you are applying as a dependent of someone who is an EEA national, the dependency age for children is 21 years of age.

Note that different criteria are applicable depending on the type of UK visa held by the person who is sponsoring your application. Please contact us for more information.

As a dependent visa holder, you will have no recourse to public funds. Before your application can be approved, you will need to show that your sponsor (the person in the UK on whom you wish to become dependent) has the necessary financial means and is willing to support you.

Dependent Visa Conditions

If your application for a dependent visa is successful, you will be granted leave to enter the UK and the freedom to live in the UK without restriction. There are no work restrictions placed on dependency visa holders, meaning you can work in any job, at any skill level.

As mentioned above, as a dependent visa holder, you will have no recourse to public funds.

Duration of Stay

Provided that you satisfy the relevant immigration rules for this visa, you will be granted indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. After 5 years of continuous residence in the UK, holders of Dependency Visas can usually apply for British naturalization as a UK citizens.

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