Dependant visas

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Your family members (‘dependants’) can come with you when you come to the UK on this visa. Your family members must have a visa if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

 

A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:

  • your husband, wife or partner;
  • your child under 18;
  • your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as a dependant.

 

Family member coming for a short visit

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.
 

Family member coming to join the visitor in the UK

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:

  • Both of the applicant’s parents must either be lawfully present (other than as a visitor) in the UK, or being granted entry clearance or leave to remain (other than as a visitor) at the same time as the applicant; or
  • One parent must be lawfully present (other than as a visitor) in the UK and the other is being granted entry clearance or leave to remain (other than as a visitor) at the same time as the applicant, unless: 
    • The Main Applicant is the applicant’s sole surviving parent, or
    • The Main Applicant is the parent that has and has had sole responsibility for the applicant’s upbringing; or
    • there are serious or compelling family or other considerations which would make it desirable not to refuse the application and suitable arrangements have been made in the UK for the applicant’s care.

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 in the dependant policy guidance.

Family members need to apply online.

They’ll 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’ll have to collect their biometric residence permit within 30 days of when they said they’d arrive in the UK.

They may be able to get their visa faster or other services depending on what country they’re 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’re already in the UK.

 

 Your family members can apply online if they’re your:

  • partner
  • child

It’s 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 NHS Surcharge must also be paid as a combined amount.

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

 

Children born while you’re in the UK

If you have children while you’re 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.

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Have your documents ready
  3. Pay the healthcare surcharge, if applicable
  4. Pay the application fee
  5. Provide your biometric information (fingerprints and facial photograph)

 

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; 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 NHS Surcharge must also be paid as a combined amount.

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 on the Home Office page on 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.

 

Any dependants already in the UK will not require a Certificate of Sponsorship, but 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: 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 any two of the following documents to evidence they are not living an independent life:

  • Bank statements
  • Credit card bills
  • Driving licence
  • NHS registration document
  • Letter from the dependant child’s current school, college or university confirming their address. This must be on official headed paper and bearing the official stamp of the institution.

Biometric information

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.

Immigration health surcharge

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.

  • A valid passport;
  • Medical certificate confirming that they are free from Tuberculosis (TB) (if applicable);
  • Official record of any criminal convictions (if applicable);
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate (for married/civil partners);
  • Evidence of the relationship to the main applicant (for those who are not married or in a civil partnership);
  • Birth Certificate (for children under the age of 18);
  • If the Certificate of Sponsorship does not specify that the University of Oxford will support the maintenance requirement for your dependant(s), you will need to provide evidence that the main applicant or dependant has an extra £630 of funds for each dependant, and that these extra funds have been present in the account for at least 90 consecutive days ending no more than 31 days before the date of the visa application. Please note even £1 under on 1 day means you will not meet the requirements.
  • Personal savings: you must show that your dependants can be supported while they’re in the UK. Each dependant must have £630 available to them whether they apply with you or separately. This is in addition to the £945 you must have to support yourself.
  • You must have proof you have the money, and that it’s been in your bank account or your dependant’s bank account for at least 90 days before you or they apply.

The following table provides a summary of the costs associated with Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa applications incurred by the employing department/college and the applicant.

The cost per applicant is payable for the main applicant and each dependant (main applicant's partner, spouse or dependant child under 18) when submitting the visa application online.

 

VISA APPLICATION COSTS: Incurred when submitting the visa application  

Main applicant and each dependant

(Nationals of FYR Macedonia & Turkey receive a reduction of £55 to the cost of the fee)

 

£244

(£189)

Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge

 

£400 (per year)

 

The visa loan scheme webpage provides details on the support the University can offer to applicants on the fees. 

 

There are three levels of service:

  • Standard service: a decision within 8 weeks
  • Priority service: a decision within 10 working days
  • Premium Service: most people get a decision on the same day
  • No recourse to public funds;
  • Registration with the police, if this is required;
  • No employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach);
  • No employment as a Doctor or Dentist in Training, unless you:
    • have obtained a primary degree in medicine or dentistry from a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or
    • are applying for leave to remain and have, or have last been granted, entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain that was not subject to a condition restricting your employment, whether that is employment as a Doctor or Dentist in Training or otherwise, and have been employed during that leave as a Doctor or Dentist in Training.

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