Can Children of a Skilled Visa Holder Apply for Dependent Visas?
You may be able to bring some of your family members with you on dependent visas if you are sponsored to enter the UK on a skilled worker visa.
Who Are Qualified to be Dependents?
Your spouse or civil partner can be your qualified dependents. If you have been living together in a relationship for at least two years, your unmarried partner might also qualify.
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However, there are exceptions, such as the following:
● if you are currently living apart for work reasons but were previously living together for two years or more
● If you are not married – you must customarily prove that you have been living together for two years immediately before applying.
If your children are under the age of 18 at the time of their initial application, they may also be eligible to apply for a Dependent visa. If your child is between the ages of 16 and 17, they must show on their application that they are still dependent on you. This usually means that, unless they are attending a boarding school or college, they live with you and are supported financially by their parents. They cannot be civil partners or married.
If both the parents are moving to the UK to live, normally the children would be eligible for a dependent visa. But if only one parent is moving away, he or she must prove that they are the child’s only guardian.
When should members of your family apply for dependent visas?
When you apply for a Skilled Worker Visa, your family can do the same, or after your application has been approved, and at any time while your visa is in effect.
If they apply late or at the same time as you, they will be granted leave the same as you.
In the event that your dependents do not submit their applications at the same time as you, they may be required to provide additional evidence to demonstrate that their relationship with you continues, particularly if there has been a significant gap between when you were granted a visa and when they submitted their applications.
Completing a separate visa application and, in most cases attending a biometrics appointment will be mandatory for each dependent.
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