Your family members (‘dependants’) can travel with you or join you in the UK on this visa. Your family members must have a visa if they are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:
A dependant coming to the UK for a short period of time to visit a family member or friend, can apply for a standard visitor visa. This visa is valid up to 6 months. When filling in the visa application, please select the main reason for your visit as being 'Tourism (including visiting family and friends).
More information can be found, and the visa application can be submitted, on the Home Office Standard visitor visa website.
If the visitor is intending to move to the UK to join the family member, they must apply for a dependant visa which will be connected to the main applicant's visa.
For any dependant child applying:
All arrangements for children’s care and accommodation in the United Kingdom must comply with relevant United Kingdom legislation and regulations. More information can be found on the gov.uk website.
Family members need to apply online.
They will need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre to get a biometric residence permit as part of their application.
They will have to collect their biometric residence permit within 30 days of when they said they would arrive in the UK.
They may be able to get their visa faster, or may be able to apply for other services depending on which country they are in - check with the visa application centre.
If your child is over 18 they cannot apply if they are outside the UK. They can apply from inside the UK if they are already here as dependant.
Your dependants can apply to extend or switch their visas to stay with you if they are already in the UK.
Your family members can apply online if they are your:
It is best for your dependants to apply at the same time as you, but they can apply at a later date.
Your family members cannot apply in the UK as your dependant if they hold a visitor visa.
If you have dependants in the UK they will not require a Certificate of Sponsorship, but they will need to apply for an extension of their leave to remain in the UK.
Full Home Office Guidance for family members can be found here: www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/family-members
Dependants normally apply at the same time as the main applicant. Their details can be included in the main applicant’s online application to form a ‘Family group’ application. The online application will ask whether any dependants are applying and the details are added by specifying whether they are a 'dependant partner or spouse' or a 'dependant child'. When applying as a ‘Family group’ the combined visa fees for all those applying must be paid as one amount, the combined NHS Surcharge must also be paid.
Where dependants are applying from within the UK separately from the main applicant each dependant will need to submit their own separate online application:
Dependant partner - visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/pbs-dependant-partner
Dependant child - visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/pbs-dependant-child
If you have children while you are in the UK, you can apply for permission for them to stay.
You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with your child.
When you apply you must provide a full UK birth certificate showing the names of both of your child’s parents.
Dependants normally apply at the same time as the main applicant. Their details can be included in the main applicant’s online application to form a ‘Family group’ application, which will mean that separate applications for each dependant will not need to be submitted. The online application will ask whether any dependants are applying and the details are added by specifying whether they are a 'dependant partner or spouse' or a 'dependant child'. When applying as a ‘Family group’ the combined visa fees for all those applying must be paid as one amount, the combined NHS Surcharge must also be paid.
Where dependants are applying from within the UK separately from the main applicant each dependant will need to submit their own separate online 'dependant partner' or 'dependant child' application as appropriate. Guidance and the links to separate online dependant applications can be found in Home Office Tier 2 guidance for Family members.
Applicants will be required to show that they have extra maintenance funds available for each dependant, unless evidence has already been submitted in a previous Tier 2 application.
Full Home Office Guidance for family members can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general/family-members
Dependent children over the age of 16 (but under the age of 18) need to provide two of the following documents to evidence they are not living an independent life;
As part of the application process, you are also required to apply for a biometric immigration document, commonly known as a biometric residence permit.
If you choose standard or priority service, you will be required to pay an additional fee of £19.20 per applicant when providing your biometric information. If you choose the premium service, you will provide your biometric information at your appointment with no additional cost.
You must pay a healthcare surcharge (called the ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’, or IHS) in addition to your application fee, unless you are granted a fee waiver.
The amount you have to pay will depend on the length of leave you are applying for. Check how much you will have to pay before you apply.
Application fee will depend on the type of leave the main applicant has or has applied for and the service you choose. Fee will be calculated as you go through the application.
How much you pay for a Tier 2 (General) visa depends on the type of visa and where you are applying.
Who you’re applying for
Apply (outside the UK)
Extend or switch (in the UK)
£610 each person
£704 each person
A shortage occupation is a skilled job where there is a shortage of workers in the UK.
£464 each person
£1,220 each person
£1,408 each person
£928 each person
Medical Sciences / Humanities / GLAM / UAS / Continuing Education / Colleges
Angelina Pelova Tel: 01865 289904 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Galloway Tel: 01865 289927 Email: email@example.com
MPLS / Social Sciences
Nina Song Tel: 01865 289926 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solveig Alsaker Tel: 01865 289912 Email: email@example.com