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Eligibility & Requirements of the UK Dependent Visa

The UK Dependant Visa lets you travel and stay with your family member living, working, or studying in the UK. Read on to know more.

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Is your partner or a family member living in the UK? Do you wish to join them? The Points Based System (PBS) Dependant Visa aids your travel to the UK and your accommodation to achieve this.

The PBS Dependant visa in the UK allows a Dependant child, spouse, civil partner, or a same-sex partner of any individual living in the UK as a citizen, permanent resident, or on a work/student visa, to travel there and live with them. Read along.

What is the UK Dependent Visa?

  • Tier 1 Visa: For highly skilled individuals, entrepreneurs, investors, and graduate students from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA).
  • Tier 2 Visa: For skilled workers, professional sports persons, and clergy members from outside the EEA with a job offer from the UK.
  • Tier 4 Visa: For students aged over 16 from outside the EEA who wish to study in the United Kingdom. (school, college, or a university).
  • Tier 5 Visa: For temporary workers that include creative and sporting charity-religious-workers and the youth-mobility scheme.
  • Appendix W: For new entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the UK for the first time. The applicant’s business idea must be innovative, viable, and scalable. An approved endorsing body must assess and support it.

What are the types & conditions of UK Dependent Visas?

Different types of Dependant visa applications:

The type of your Points Based System (PBS) Dependant Visa depends on the category of visa your sponsor holds in the UK. 

Who is Eligible to Apply for a UK Dependent Visa?

The Dependant family members of any individual residing/working/studying in the UK can apply for a Dependant visa. They can be:

  • A spouse or a civil partner.
  • An unmarried child who is below 18 years of age. (Child can be above 18 only if he/she is already residing in the UK on a Dependant visa)
  • An unmarried or same-sex partner.

The family members who wish to apply for the UK Dependant visa must follow the specific conditions laid down by the UK Visas and Immigration services.

What Documents are Required for a UK Dependent Visa?

The following documents are required to prove your relationship to the sponsor living in the UK:

How to Apply for a UK Dependent Visa?

This is how you can apply for a UK Dependent Visa -

How Much Does it Cost for a UK Dependent Visa?

The application fees and the minimum earnings requirements are different for different types of visas. Check the conditions section in this article. 

Here is the category-wise breakup of costs involved for the UK Dependent Visas:

How long does it take to get a dependent visa for the UK?

The average processing time of a PBS Dependent visa application in the UK is up to 8 weeks.The processing time may vary depending upon the country.

  • Long term visits more than 6 months
  • General visits less than 6 months
  • Family visits less than 6 months
  • General visits less than 6 months

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