Dependent Visa

Would you like to join your family in the UK?

A UK Dependency Visa is designed to allow you to join your family in the UK. A UK Dependency Visa will be granted on the basis of your dependency to the family member who is settled in the UK.

People from Sri Lanka can go to the UK as the partners, children and or elderly dependent relatives of people who are already in the UK or are entering the UK under any of the visa categories. Work Permits and Visas are designed to permit the applicant’s family to share the benefits of living in the UK.

There are specific limitations on the dependents, based on the visa held by the sponsor such as the age of the dependents and the length of the relationship they share with the principal applicant permanently settled in the UK. Dependents are allowed to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, often referred to as permanent residency. Dependent visa holders have no restrictions on the type of work and business they can undertake.

Eligible dependents
Spouses | Same-sex civil partners | Proposed same-sex civil partners | Unmarried partners | Child | Sibling | Widowed parent and Grand parent aged 65 years and above | Parents or grand parents of whom at least one among them is aged 65years and above | If the parent of the applicant is aged 65 and above and is not able to take care of his/her spouse or children of the second marriage due to lack of financial support and applicant who is the citizen of the UK is able and agrees to sponsor them | Parent or grandparent living alone and dependent on the applicant who is settled in Britain for his/her financial support | The person who is related to applicant as Son, Daughter, Sister, Brother, Aunt or Uncle over the age of 18 and living alone in the most exceptional circumstances and mainly dependent financially on relatives settled in Britain

Dependent Visa Requirements

  • Demonstrate that the person migrating is financially dependent on the relative who is a citizen of the UK
  • Demonstrate that the relative who is in the UK is able to financially support and accommodate himself and his/her dependents with out having recourse to public Funds.
  • The dependent should not have any other relative in the UK to whom he/she can turn for financial support.

Duration of UK Dependent Visa

The dependent visa holder is permitted to stay for indefinite period in the UK. The only condition is that he/she should not stay outside the UK for more than 2 years. This will result in loss of indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

Children under the age of 18 will be granted entry to the UK as dependants and can make their application at the same time as the main applicant. After a total period of three years in UK and if they meet the residence requirements they can apply for British naturalization in order to remain in the country under a grant of UK citizenship.