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Dependency Visa

A dependant is the partner and/or child of the main applicant. However, the partner must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible for the Dependant Visa.


  • Spouse.
  • Civil Partner.
  • Unmarried Partner (dependants must generally have lived with the main applicant for at least two years prior to the visa application to qualify under this provision).

Nationals not from the EEA who have entered and remained in the UK are entitled to have direct family members accompany them for the duration of their UK stay. This is on condition that the main applicant can support dependants on his/her own without the use of public funds.


Dependants can also apply for a visa at the same time as the main applicant. The application of dependants is based on the outcome of the main applicant. Additionally, specific requirements must be met for the dependants application.


Dependants are able to join the main applicant/visa holder in the UK at a later stage. Children (includes adoptive children) must be under the age of 18 if the child is financially and emotionally dependant on the main applicant. (The child must not be living an independent lifestyle, i.e. married, living away from home or working full time). Documentation must be provided of the relationship. This means that the dependant provides evidence showing the main applicant has sufficient funds to support dependant(s), as well as themselves, without any access to public funds.


Typically, Dependency Visas allow you to work without restrictions with the main exceptions:

  • Visitor Visas - Dependants of main applicants with Visitor Visas may not work in the UK;
  • Student Visas - Issued for less than 12 months. Dependants of these visa holders are not permitted to work in the UK.
  • Dependants are also generally unable to gain access to public fund.



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