If you are planning to migrate to an overseas nation with family on PR status, it is understood that you will not need any additional visa to sponsor your family’s stay with you.
But, what if you are moving abroad as a temporary resident? Be it on a long-term work visa or a temporary work permit, your family cannot accompany you on the same visa.
This is when you will need to apply for a dependent visa. This visa is more of a pathway to sponsor eligible family members (particularly those who are claimed as your dependents) to stay with you in the selected country.
What is a dependent visa?
In simple terms, a dependent visa is a lawfully resident permit granted to the dependents of a temporary resident to join his stay abroad.
This visa grants the dependent all legal rights to reside in the applied country, explore and travel the country and enjoy all rights applicable to the visa.
Who can be sponsored through a dependent visa?
This visa is granted (in most cases) to spouses, partners and unmarried children whose age is below 21 years. In several cases, a dependent visa may be used to sponsor dependent parents and eligible relatives.
What are the conditions to apply for a dependent visa?
Though this visa is allowed to be applied by every national, there are specific conditions a candidate is required to know before he can apply for this visa.
1. Condition of Relation
For your child to be eligible for a dependent visa, you must be able to prove that he is either your biological child or an adopted child.
2. Condition of Financial Aid
You as a sponsor must be able to prove that your invited dependents are financially dependent on you and you hold the ability to meet their financial needs. In the case of other relations also, you are required to prove that the dependent is unable to financially support themselves and is directly dependent upon you.
3. Condition of Health
Any country will not allow candidates who are a threat or a challenge to its healthcare system. Unless in case of a dependent visit visa for medical purposes, it is important that your dependents have good health.
To prove health conditions are fit as per the country norms, it is important that every of your dependent intending to accompany your stay must undergo medicals and obtain a medical certificate.
4. Condition of Character
The dependent must free from any criminal history. He/she must not be a threat to the inviting country. Hence, you are required to obtain a police clearance certificate from the officials where your dependents have resided for over 6 months and submit it along with other supporting documents.
5. Condition of Commitment
Irrespective of whether you apply for a long-term dependent visa or a short-term dependent visa unless your dependents are not qualified for permanent residency, they must be committed to leaving the country before the expiry of their visa.
However, an extended stay may be applicable depending upon the purpose and profile.
Most Commonly Applied for Dependent Visas in India
Canada Dependent Visa – This visa can be applied by candidates who are residing in Canada as a resident and want to get their spouse and children to stay with them. In order to apply for a dependent visa in Canada, the must prove a valid visa status and the ability to financially support the stay of dependents.
A dependent visa can be applied by a student or a visitor living in Canada for a short period of time.
US Dependent Visa – the United States offers a range of visas under the dependent visa category. These include:
- F1 – F2 Student dependent visa
- H1B Visa – H4 dependent visa
- JI Visa – J2 dependent visa
- TN Canadian or Mexican Workers – TD dependent visa
Note: Dependent visa is not applicable for candidates using the visa waiver program or applying for a B1 business visa.
Australia Dependent Visa – Permanent residents or temporary residents who want to invite dependents for a stay with them can use the partner subclass 309 and 100 visa or the partner visa subclass 820 and 801 visa.
The major difference between these 2 subclasses is your place to stay when you are applying for the visa.
- If you are applying for a dependent visa (for spouse and kids) while you are in Australia, you have to do so through the subclass 309 and 100 scheme.
- If you are residing in Australia, you must apply under the subclass 820 and 801 programs.
5. Can a person work on a B1/B2 Visa?
No. Though you are allowed to get trained for work or attend seminars related to your employment, you cannot take up any paid employment on a B1/B2 visa.
If you have to extend your stay in the United States and work in the country, you are required to apply for a non-immigrant worker visa – the H1B visa. This visa gives you rights to work in the nation followed by a pathway to become US permanent resident.
6. Can a B1/B2 Visa holder apply for Green Card?
A B1/B2 visa holder cannot apply for a Green Card directly. First, he must change his visa status to non-immigrant worker visa (H1B visa), earn a standard income in the United States, meet the eligibility requirements of permanent residency and then apply for a Green Card.
5 Frequently Asked Questions for Dependent Visas:
1. Who can apply for a dependent visa?
Dependent visas can be applied by permanent residents or temporary residents of a country provided that meet the financial criteria as expected.
2. Is IELTS required for a dependent visa?
Generally, IELTS is not required for dependent visas. However, some countries like the United Kingdom may ask dependents to prove language proficiency before they are claimed eligible to apply for the visa. You are ask our online consultant for more details on the UK visa.
3. Can you work with a dependent visa?
In most cases, dependents are not allowed to work on a dependent visa. However, if you apply for a J2 dependent visa, you may get the right to work in the United States.
4. What is the processing time of a dependent visa application?
It generally takes about 15 days to 2 months to process a dependent visa application. The processing time depends upon the country selected.
5. What are the chances of dependent visa rejection?
If you fail to meet the conditions of the visa, there is a 100% chance for visa rejection. Also, if there is an error in application or fraudulence in the submitted documents, your visa may be rejected.
In several strict cases, you may be permanently banned to apply for the country visa anytime in the future.
How can you apply for Dependent Visas in India?
1. Gather documents required for the process:
Alike any visa process, documents are an important aspect in dependent visa process. Several documents you may require are:
- Marriage certificate or related documents to prove civil partnership.
- Birth certificates of children whom you are sponsoring.
- Bank statements to prove financial stability.
- Documents that prove your identity, work profile, current employment, income, etc.
- Valid passport (for all applicants).
- Other related documents that act as evidence of a certificate of eligibility.
2. Complete Application Process
After you are all set with the documents required, it’s time to fill in the application form. An important point to note here is don’t go ahead with this step until you have hired an immigration consultant.
This is because immigration consultants can help understand the requirements and fill the visa application form in the manner it is required.
Any slight error from you can lead to visa rejection. Hence, opt for immigration services for complete assistance in getting the dependent visa status.
During this phase, you are also required to pay the visa fees applicable.
3. Visit nearest Consulate or Embassy:
The last stage is to visit the nearest consulate or embassy with documents. The authorities will verify your documents and give a decision on the visa application. In some cases, the last step may vary as per countries.
The best way to understand the complete visa process is to consult our visa experts. From requirements to fees, every detail is explained to you thoroughly during our free consultation. Reach out to us on 1800-102-0109 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.