- What Is The Adult Dependent Visa?
- Benefits of the Adult Dependent Visa
- Requirements For The Sponsoring Family Member In The UK
- Eligibility Requirement for the Adult Dependent
- Required Documents
- The Application Process
- Biometric Residence Permit
- Processing Time
- Costs and Fees
- How can Total Law help?
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Adult Dependent Visa?
The Adult Dependent Visa is a Family visa that allows adult dependents. including elderly relatives or adult children, to join their family in the UK.
This visa route is for adult individuals who require long-term care that can only be provided by British relatives in the UK. You must be able to prove that they cannot support you in Canada.
To qualify for the Adult Dependent Relative visa, you must require assistance in order to perform everyday tasks including household tasks or transportation, and assistance to receive necessary medical care.
Benefits of the Adult Dependent Visa
The Adult Dependent visa will allow you to stay in the UK with your sponsoring family member to receive long-term care with no time limit on your stay.
With the Adult Dependent Relative visa, you will not have any immigration-related limits on the type of work you are allowed to take on. You will be able to work and study as you please.
After five continuous years in the UK, you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain status, which can contribute to your eligibility for British citizenship.
Requirements For The Sponsoring Family Member In The UK
Your relative in the UK must meet the following requirements when you are applying for an Adult Dependent visa to join them. The UK sponsor must:
- Be able to provide evidence that they can financially provide for you during your time in the UK
- Be able to provide evidence that they can adequately provide long term personal care for you
- Be able to accommodate you during your time in the UK
They must also meet one of the following conditions:
- They are a British citizen
- They have indefinite leave to remain or ILR status/ settled status in the UK
- They have refugee status in the UK
- They hold humanitarian status in the UK
Eligibility Requirement for The Adult Dependent
The Adult Dependent visa has more strict criteria that must be met for eligibility than some other visas and is more difficult to get approved for.
In order to be eligible for this visa, you must show that you require long-term care due to an illness, disability, or old age.
You must be unable to live independently and be able to provide evidence that they require care that can only be obtained from your British relative – for example, an elderly parent who will be cared for by an adult child. The sole carer must provide assistance with everyday tasks such as washing, cooking, and getting dressed.
In general, the eligibility requirements for the Adult Dependent Visa in the UK are:
- Applicant must be aged 18 years or older at the time of the visa application
- Applicant must be the child, parent, sibling, or grandparent of someone in the UK who is either a British citizen, a person who is permanently settled in the UK, or someone with refugee status or humanitarian status.
- Applicants must be able to provide evidence that the level of care they require cannot be obtained in Canada and can only be obtained from a British relative in the UK for practical or financial reasons.
- Applicants must be able to provide evidence that they will be supported fully by their family in the UK, including providing accommodations, and that they will not need to rely on public funds during their time in the UK
In order to apply for the Adult Dependent visa in the UK you will need to provide personal details and documents including the following:
- Your name
- Your date of birth
- Your current and valid passport
- Prior passports and immigration applications
- Details of any criminal convictions
- Information about your family member in the UK
- Proof of your relationship to your family members in the UK who are sponsoring your visas, such as birth certificates or other official documents
- Proof that you as the applicant will require long-term personal care as a result of either disability, age, or illness. For example, a letter or records from a doctor
- Proof that you are not currently able to obtain the level of care you require in Canada. This can also be a letter or records from a doctor or other healthcare professional
You will also need a written letter from your sponsoring family member that they will be responsible for your care and accommodation for a minimum of 5 years and that you will not be claiming public funds in the UK.
Additionally, if your reason for going to the UK is based on financial support, you will need to provide evidence for why the sponsoring family member is unable to support you financially in your country. If the required level of care is available and affordable under these terms in Canada, your application for the Adult Dependent Visa may be rejected. You must make sure to provide sufficient evidence as to why you can only obtain the proper level of care in the UK.
The Application Process
There are several steps in the application process for the Adult Dependent relative.
Gather Documents And Apply Online
You can apply for the Adult Dependent Visa in the UK on the gov.uk website if you are in Canada. Unlike other visas, under the current immigration rules, you cannot switch to this visa from another visa while you are in the UK. You will need to complete the application form Appendix 1 VAF4A.
You will need to gather your supporting documentation to submit along with your application. It is important to have a thorough portfolio of documentation that supports your case for the Adult Dependent visa.
Supplying adequate documentation and making sure to fill out the visa application as completely as possible will give you the best chances of having your visa approved as well as prevent any delays in processing.
Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you obtain an Adult Dependent visa. For more information or advice, call us on +1 844 290 631 or contact us online.
Biometric Residence Permit
Once you fill out your application and submit your documentation, you will need to make an appointment at a visa center to have your biometric information was taken (fingerprints and a photograph).
If your Adult Dependent Visa is approved you will need to obtain your Biometric Residence Permit within 10 days of arriving in the UK.
From the time you submit your application, the Dependent Adult visa will typically take 8 to 12 weeks to be processed. You may be able to pay an additional fee to receive expedited service. You will receive your visa decision via email.
The processing time for your visa can be delayed if you fail to provide sufficient documentation if you/your sponsoring family member does not meet the financial requirement, if you have a criminal conviction that needs to be investigated further, or if the UKVI needs additional information on your case.
You will receive notification if you need to take any further steps to complete your visa processing after your application has been submitted. If additional documentation is requested it is crucial to submit this within the timeline given to avoid your visa application being rejected.
Costs and Fees
Currently, the application fee for the Adult Dependent Visa in the UK is £3,250. You will also have to pay a small fee for biometric information for your Biometric Residence Permit when you attend your appointment. You may incur additional fees from any third parties you work with in order to obtain the necessary documentation for the visa.
In the event that your relative is a refugee or an individual with humanitarian protection status, then the Adult Dependent Visa application fee will be reduced to an amount of £388.
Note that visa application fees are generally non-refundable, so it is best to double-check the application before you send it in. In the event that you cancel your application prior to it being processed by the UK Visas and Immigration office, you may be able to request a refund.
It is important to carefully follow all steps in the application process, as the UK visa for an Adult Dependent relative is difficult to obtain. You must ensure that you can adequately prove that you meet all eligibility criteria set out by the UK government. The process and requirements can be challenging to handle on your own. For the highest chance of a positive outcome, many applicants choose to consult with a qualified immigration lawyer.
Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you obtain an Adult Dependent visa so you can relax while we handle the entire process for you. For more information or advice, call us on +1 844 290 631 or contact us online.
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The Adult Dependent Visa typically allows you to remain in the UK indefinitely, or in the event that your family member is on a temporary settlement, it will allow you to remain with them as long as their settlement lasts.
In the event that your first attempt at the Adult Dependent Visa application is denied by the UK Visas and Immigration office, you should review the guidelines given to you with the decision. You may want to consider seeking legal advice in order to appeal the decision. There are various reasons why applications for family-dependent visas may be rejected.
Because the criteria for eligibility are so strict, this visa is more likely to be denied than other types. Some common reasons for rejection include failing to supply sufficient information or documentation or not meeting financial requirements.
If your Adult Dependent Visa has been denied, contact Total Law for immigration advice and assistance with putting together a successful application package. Speak to one of our expert immigration advisers today. Call +1 844 290 631 or use the online contact form to get in touch.
This visa is unlike some others in that you can not switch to it from another visa type while in the UK. You will need to apply from outside the UK through the gov.uk website and follow all guidelines for the application process.