Dependant Visa UK

Bangladeshi citizens can obtain a UK Dependent visa to join their immediate family member who resides in the UK. You must prove that you’re related to your family member who lives in the UK before you are allowed into the country.

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    UK Dependant Visa Eligibility

    A Bangladeshi citizen who is a dependent of a UK-eligible visa holder may qualify for a UK Dependent visa.

    The eligible visa could be a Student visa, Business visa, Ancestry visa, or Work visa. Note that before you’re taken as the dependent of a UK visa holder (sponsor):

    • You must be the visa holder’s wife, husband, civil partner, or unmarried partner.
    • You must be the UK visa holder’s child (under 18 years old) even if you were born in the UK. Also, children more than 18 years old who currently reside in the UK as the visa holder’s dependents are also considered.
    • You need to meet the general grounds for admission to the UK, which include having no criminal record.
    • You need to have a parent, spouse, or partner who stays in the UK on an eligible visa or has British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
    • You should not intend to stay in the UK beyond the expiration of your Dependent visa.

    As the UK visa holder’s civil partner, unmarried partner, wife, or husband, you must show any of the following, including that:

    • You and your partner are more than 18 years old at the time of application.
    • You lived together in a relationship for at least 2 years before filing your Dependent visa application.
    • You are a fiancé, a fiancée or wish to enter a civil partnership in the UK after entering the country.
    • You are in a marriage or civil union legally recognised in the UK.
    • You have good knowledge of the English language.

    As the UK visa holder’s (sponsor’s) child and you are under 18 years old or you’re 16 years or older, you will be dependent on the UK visa holder. This entails that:

    • The UK visa holder supports you financially.
    • You live with the UK visa holder unless you get enrolled into a university or boarding school.
    • You do not live independently, that is, you do not have children and are neither in a civil partnership nor married.

    Besides obtaining UK Dependent visas for a partner and children of a UK resident, it is workable for the UK resident to also bring close family members to the country provided the UK resident possesses UK citizenship or ILR and also fulfils the requirements of the Adult Dependent Relative visa.

    To know more about how you can actualise this, contact one of our experienced professional immigration lawyers at Total Law. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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      UK Dependant Visa Application Requirements & Documents

      Bangladeshi citizens must meet some UK Dependent visa application requirements before they are issued the visa. The Dependent visa UK requirements include:

      Genuine Relationship Requirement

      To apply for a UK Dependent visa you must prove to the Home Office that you have a genuine and subsisting relationship with the UK-based sponsor. For instance, as a Bangladeshi citizen who wants to join a spouse or partner residing in the UK, you should bring a civil partnership or marriage certificate.

      Note that to be eligible for this visa, the civil partnership or marriage must be accepted by the UK legal system.

      You need to prove that you have been in a relationship with your partner for 2 years minimum if you and your partner are unmarried. To prove this, you must provide your shared utility bills or tenancy agreements.

      If you have children who are under 18 years old, you must prove that they are dependent on you or your partner.

      Also, prove that your children are not in a civil partnership or married and do not have children. Additionally, prove that your children live with you unless they live in a boarding school or university (away from home).

      Financial Requirements

      As a part of your UK Dependent visa application requirements as a Bangladeshi citizen, you must prove that you are financially dependent on your UK-based sponsor for the duration of your stay in the UK.

      The reason is that holders of Dependent visas are neither allowed to access the UK’s public funds nor claim any benefits.

      To apply for a UK Dependent visa, your UK-based sponsor must have £315 for one child and £200 for every additional child. They must also have £285 for a partner or spouse.

      You must prove that the above-mentioned funds were already available to you for 28 of the last 31 days before you submitted your application. To prove this, you must present a recent copy of your bank statements.

      You may be exempted from meeting the financial requirements if any of the following applies to you:

      • Your first month’s expenses incurred in the UK can be paid by the employer of your family member. This must be mentioned on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) issued to you by your family member’s employer when they applied for their first visa.
      • You have already lived as a dependent family member with your UK-based sponsor (valid UK visa holder) in the UK for up to 12 months.

      Identity Requirement

      Bangladeshi citizens seeking to join their family members who live in the UK must prove their identity. To prove your identity, you may need to do either of the following:

      • Use the ID Check app of UK Immigration to scan your identity document and even access your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account.
      • Submit your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) at a visa application centre to obtain a biometric residence permit.

      Documents Required for a UK Dependent Visa

      Bangladeshi citizens are required to provide certain documents to support their application for a UK Dependent visa.

      The specific documents that may be required of you largely depend on how you’re related to your family member who resides in the UK and the visa type they hold.

      Bangladeshi citizens seeking to obtain a Dependent visa will need to bring the following documents:

      • A passport or any other valid travel document.
      • Bank statements show that you already have the required funds to meet the financial threshold for at least the last 28 days.
      • A visa application and consulate fee receipt.
      • Proof of your relationship with the UK-based sponsor, such as a birth certificate (for your child), marriage certificate (for your spouse or partner) or certificate of civil partnership.
      • The Global Web Form (GWF) or a Unique Application Number (UAN). This is typically issued to the main visa holder (UK-based sponsor) to join the applications together.
      • Evidence of no criminal record in Bangladesh. You must obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from a respective police station in Bangladesh. However, if you are currently not abroad, your next of kin can obtain the PCC on your behalf at the nearest police station to your Bangladeshi home address. The PCC must prove that you have not engaged in any crime and don’t have criminal charges against you. Most importantly, your PCC must prove to the UK government that you will not pose a threat to law and order when you enter the UK.
      • Proof of your tuberculosis test, if required.
      • Proof of accommodation.
      • Evidence of dependence, such as proof of attendance at a university or boarding school. You may also prove that you live with the main visa holder.

      Note that the above-mentioned required documents are not exhaustive as your situation may require you to provide additional supporting documents.

      Moreso, ensure the documents you are required to submit are in English. For this reason, you must ensure that all documents in a foreign language are translated by an authorised translator and duly notarised.

      The Application Process For The UK Dependant Visa


      Bangladeshi citizens who want to obtain a UK Dependent visa can obtain it in two ways namely, by applying from outside the UK and applying from inside the UK (if you have already entered the UK).

      Therefore, you must take a certain step-by-step guide to enter the UK and join your family member as a dependent from Bangladesh. The UK Dependent visa application process includes:

      1. Fill Out Your Application Form

      Ensure you fill out the correct application form to apply for a Dependant visa. The reason is that application forms designed for dependent children differ from those for dependent partners.

      While filling out your application, ensure you enter your correct details and provide your UK-based family member’s unique application number (typically found on your family member’s emails and letters about their application from the Home Office) or family linking code to connect your application.

      2. Pay Your Relevant Fees

      You are required to pay certain fees while applying for your Dependent visa online. The fees may include, visa application fees, consular fees, healthcare surcharge fees, priority service fees, etc. You may be required to pay via your debit or credit card.

      Gather and Upload the Required Documents

      Get all the required documents to support your application. The documents you will be required to provide depend on the visa type your UK-based sponsor holds in the UK.

      4. Schedule an Appointment

      Bangladeshi citizens are required to book and attend an appointment at their nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). At the appointment, you will be interviewed by the UK immigration authorities to know if your answers align with the documents you have provided.

      Additionally, at the appointment, you will be required to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and photographs).

      5. Collect Your Visa

      After the assessment of your applications, and the UK immigration authorities are satisfied with all the documents you have provided, you will be issued your visa. Thereafter, you must go and pick up your visa packet.

      If you are applying for a dependent visa for the first time, you may not know the right form to pick or how to fill it out and complete your application appropriately.

      Our expert immigration lawyers are readily available to guide you in filling out your application form. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

      Application Processing Time

      After you have applied online for your UK Dependent visa from Bangladesh (outside the UK), you should expect a decision on your application in 3 weeks. But if you’re applying for a Dependent visa from inside the UK, a decision will be made on your application in 8 weeks.

      However, you can quicken the application processing time of your Dependent visa and get a decision within 24 hours or 5 working days by paying £1,000 or £500 respectively.

      Visa Validity Period And Renewal/Extending Options

      Generally, the validity period assigned to a Dependent visa is usually the same validity as the visa a UK-based sponsor holds. This means that, if a UK-based sponsor’s visa is valid for 3 years, therefore, your Dependent visa will also have the same validity period. However, the Dependent visa assigned to children usually has the same validity period as one of their parents with a shorter period of stay in the UK.

      You can either renew or extend your visa if you have already entered the UK. When you meet certain requirements while in the UK, you can apply for ILR if your partner is a skilled worker who has been granted ILR.

      But if you do not meet the ILR requirements, you have the option to extend your visa under the dependent route before it expires. After extending your stay, you will be allowed to stay in the UK for an additional 3 years. However, you would have to change to the UK Spouse Dependent visa, if your UK-based partner was granted ILR on a different route such as Long Residence.

      Total Law Can Help You

      Bangladeshi citizens who want to unite with a family member who resides in the UK will enjoy several benefits including working full-time in the UK, provided you’re above 16 years old among other benefits. For this to be possible, you must make a compelling application that includes all the required documents.

      Your Dependent visa application will be denied if you exclude a crucial document in your application or fill out your application form wrongly. For this reason, you will incur avoidable expenses and reapply for the visa.

      This is why you should seek expert guidance from our friendly immigration lawyers at Total Law to guide you at each stage of your UK Dependent visa application process. We can help you apply for the visa on your behalf, via the same steps that have resulted in positive outcomes for several Bangladeshi applicants.

      We can assist you in assessing your situation, gathering the required documents, and making a compelling application on your behalf. For more information about UK Dependent visa rules, eligibility criteria, or other ways we can help you, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online for immediate response.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Yes, you can bring your parents to come and join you in the UK if they are dependent on you. The visa type that you must obtain is the Adult Dependent Relative visa. With this visa, you will be allowed to bring your parents to the UK to come and stay with you without an expiration date.

                Yes, a UK Dependent visa can be rejected if:

                • You do not provide your criminal record certificate.
                • You applied for the visa with the wrong application form.
                • You cannot prove your relationship with the UK-based sponsor.
                • You couldn’t fulfil the financial requirements.
                • You couldn’t fulfil the English requirement.

                Yes, by law education is free in the UK for international students’ dependents, provided they are children between 5 to 16 years. However, they will not be entitled to free education if they enter the UK on a Standard Visitor visa.

                Some of the restrictions on a Dependent visa in the UK include that:

                • You will not be allowed to access public funds or claim benefits in the UK.
                • You will not be permitted to work as a dentist or doctor in training, and a professional sportsperson or a professional sports coach.