A dependant visa is a type of UK family visa that allows close family members of individuals who are already in the UK to join or remain with them.

If you are a dependant or a family member (e.g. spouse, partner, child, or parent) of an individual residing in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a dependant visa.

To get legal advice and help with any type of dependant visa application, call our UK immigration solicitor in London at 020 341 73700 or fill in our online enquiry form.

What are the requirements for a dependant visa in the UK?

The eligibility and requirements for a dependant visa depend on the immigration status of the main visa holder.

UK dependant visa requirements for a spouse or civil partner

  • Must be married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or a settled person.
  • Provide evidence of a genuine and subsisting relationship.

UK dependant visa requirements for unmarried partner

  • Have been living together in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years.
  • Proof of cohabitation and commitment to a long-term relationship.

UK dependant visa requirements for child

  • Children under 18 may apply to join their British citizen or settled parent(s).
  • Birth certificate and evidence of parental relationship.

UK dependant visa requirements for parents

  • Parents may be eligible if they are dependent on their British citizen or settled child.
  • Proof of financial dependency and relationship.

How to apply for a dependant visa UK?

The process for applying for a dependant visa in the UK varies depending on the immigration status of the main visa holder (the person on whom you are dependent). Below are general steps that may be applicable, but it's important to note that specific requirements and procedures can change, so it's essential to consult with an immigration solicitor.

Common Steps for Applying for a Dependant Visa:

1: Check Eligibility

Confirm that you meet the eligibility criteria for the specific dependant visa category. Requirements may vary based on the main visa holder's status.

2: Online Application

Complete the online application form. Choose the correct visa category based on your relationship with the main visa holder.

3: Book Biometric Appointment

Schedule an appointment at a Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) centre to provide biometric information. Biometrics typically include fingerprints and a photograph.

4: Pay Fees

Pay the relevant visa application fees. The fee amount will depend on the type of visa and the processing time.

5: Prepare Supporting Documents

Gather all required supporting documents, such as passports, marriage certificates, proof of relationship, financial documents, and any additional documents specified for your visa category.

6: Submit Application

Submit the online application form and pay the visa fees. You may be required to send your supporting documents separately, depending on the application process.

7: Attend Biometric Appointment

Attend the biometric appointment at the UKVCAS centre, where your fingerprints and photograph will be taken.

8: Wait for a Decision

After submitting your application, wait for a decision from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Processing times can vary, so check the estimated processing times on the GOV website.

If your application is successful, you will be issued a decision letter. You may need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from a designated collection point in the UK.

UK dependant visa documents list

Ensure a smooth application process by preparing a comprehensive document checklist. While specific requirements may vary based on the visa category, a general checklist includes:

  1. Application Form: Complete the appropriate online application form.
  2. Passport: Provide a valid passport with at least six months' validity.
  3. Biometric Residence Permit (BRP): If applicable, include a copy of the BRP.
  4. Relationship Evidence: Marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate, or evidence of cohabitation.
  5. Financial Documents: Bank statements, payslips, or other financial proof to meet the income requirements.
  6. Accommodation Proof: Evidence of suitable accommodation for the family.
  7. Photographs: Passport-sized photographs meet the UKVI specifications.
  8. Dependant Child Documents: Birth certificates, consent letters (if applicable), and any other relevant documents.
  9. Parental Dependency Documents: Proof of financial dependency and relationship for parent visas.
  10. English Language Proficiency: Depending on the visa category, evidence of English language proficiency may be required.

Above is a general list of required documents. You may need to provide additional supporting documents depending on the type of your application and your circumstances.

How can we help with your UK dependant visa application?

Our expert team of UK immigration solicitors and lawyers will be able to assist you with any type of UK Family visa or immigration application.

Immigration solicitors at Wembley Solicitors will:

  • Provide detailed immigration advice.
  • Assess your personal circumstances and eligibility for a UK Family visa.
  • Assess the eligibility of your sponsor.
  • Explain the entire UK Family visa application process.
  • Give you a completed checklist of documents according to the type of visa application and your circumstances.
  • Check all the supporting documents to ensure that they are sufficient and in the correct format.
  • Fill out the complete application form and prepare detailed representations/cover letters for the Home Office UKVI in reference to the Immigration Rules.
  • Book an appointment for you to enrol your biometrics.
  • Upload all the supporting documents.
  • Liaise with the Home Office UKVI throughout the process until we receive the decision.
  • Keep you updated with every stage of your application.

Contact our UK Family visa solicitors in Wembley, London on 020 3417 3700 or fill in the enquiry form for immediate legal advice & assistance with your UK visa application.

We provide expert advice, practical assistance, and professional representation to guide you through the application and decision-making process, from start to finish. 

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