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Skilled Worker Dependent Visa UK

Foreign nationals whose spouse or parent has permission to remain in the UK on a Skilled Worker route can apply for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa to join them in the UK.

For more information about Skilled Worker Dependent visas and assistance in applying for one, book a consultation with one of our UK immigration lawyers today. You can reach us any time in person, via the online contact form, or at +44 (0)161 826 9783 for personalised assistance.

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    Overview of the UK Skilled Worker Dependent Visa

    The Skilled Worker Dependent visa allows immediate family members of UK Skilled Worker visa holders or primary applicants to join them in the UK. It is available only to certain immediate family members of the Skilled Worker visa applicant or holder (formerly Tier 2 General).

    Eligible dependents can apply for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa along with the principal applicant of a Skilled Worker visa or apply later to join a family member already in the UK under this route. Skilled worker dependents are free to work at any job in the UK except as a professional sportsperson or coach. They can also study in the UK.

    The Skilled Worker Dependent visa usually has the same expiry date as that of the Skilled Worker visa holder. Dependants must renew their visa along with the principal skilled worker when it expires. You may be eligible to apply for an indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after five years of residence as the dependent of a skilled worker.

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    Who is Eligible for a Skilled Worker Dependent Visa?

    The following persons qualify as dependents under the Skilled Worker visa route:

    • Spouses
    • Civil partners
    • Unmarried partners who have been in a committed relationship for at least two years
    • Children below 18, including those born in the UK
    • Dependent children above 18 who are already in the UK

    Newly arriving social care workers can no longer bring dependents (partners and children) with them on a Skilled Worker visa.

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    Eligibility Criteria for Skilled Worker Dependent Visa

    You must meet the following requirements to qualify for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa:

    • Your spouse, civil partner, or parent must hold a valid Skilled Worker visa or have obtained an indefinite leave to remain through the Skilled Worker visa route
    • You must meet the minimum financial requirement
    • You must have no history of immigration violations

    If you’re applying to join your spouse or partner, you must be able to prove that:

    • You’re in a marriage or civil partnership recognised by the UK
    • If you’re unmarried, you must have lived together for at least two years when applying. You must also provide evidence of continuous commitment to each other.

    If you’re applying to join your parent as a dependant, you must:

    • Not be in a civil partnership or married
    • Provide evidence that you live with your parents unless you’re in full-time boarding school or university
    • If you’re between 16-18, you must prove you are financially dependent on your parents
    • If you are over ​​18, then you must currently be in the UK as a dependent

    Financial Requirement for Skilled Worker Dependent Visa

    Skilled workers and their dependents cannot access public funds. Therefore, the dependent partner of a skilled worker must prove that they or their UK family member can support their stay in the UK. The financial requirements for dependants are:

    • £285 for spouses or partners
    • £315 for a child
    • £200 for each additional child

    In addition to this, the principal applicant (your spouse or parent) must show proof of funds of £1,270. This financial requirement does not apply to dependents already living in the UK for up to 12 months before their application.

    Documents Required for Skilled Worker Dependent Visa Application

    You must provide the following supporting documents when applying for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa:

    • A valid passport
    • Proof of genuine and subsisting relationship with the skilled worker in the UK
      • Spouses and partners must provide a valid marriage or civil partnership certificate
      • Unmarried partners must provide proof of an ongoing, committed relationship with the UK partner
      • Children must provide birth or adoption certificates naming the UK worker as their parent
    • Proof that you meet the minimum financial requirement
    • Criminal record certificate

    You must provide certified translations of all documents not written in English.

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      Applying for a Skilled Worker Dependent Visa

      Application for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa must be made online using the GOV.UK website. Each family member must complete a separate application. The steps to applying for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa are as follows.

      Step 1: Determine your eligibility and gather relevant supporting documents.

      Step 2: Complete the online application and upload supporting documentation. You’ll need your partner’s or parent’s Unique Application Number (UAN), also called the Global Web Form (GWF). They’ll find it in emails and letters from the Home Office concerning their application. If they received a linking code during their Skilled Worker application, you can enter it to link your applications.

      Step 3: Pay the visa application fees.

      Step 4: Prove your identity. You may need to visit a visa application centre or a UK Visa Application Services point (if you’re applying inside the UK) to submit your photograph and fingerprints for your biometric residence permit. You may also be able to scan your identity document using the “UK Immigration: ID Check” app.

      Step 5: Wait for a decision. You’ll typically get a decision from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) within three weeks if you applied from abroad or eight weeks if you applied inside the UK.

      Switching to a Skilled Worker Dependent visa

      If you’re already on another visa route in the UK, you can apply to switch to a Skilled Worker Dependent visa inside the UK. However, you must switch your visa before your current visa expires.

      You can switch from other visa routes to a Skilled Worker Dependant, except you’re in the UK on:

      • Seasonal Worker visa
      • Visitor visa
      • Short-term Student visa
      • Parent of a Child Student visa
      • Domestic worker in a private household visa
      • Immigration bail
      • Permission to stay outside the immigration rules

      If you’re currently in the UK on a Student visa, you can switch if you have:

      • Completed your course of study
      • Completed up to 24 months of PhD studies

      Skilled Worker Dependent Visa Cost

      The visa application fee for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa is the same as that of a skilled worker. The total costs depend on the validity of the visa and where you’re applying from.

      If you’re applying from outside the UK:

      • £719 – up to three years
      • £1,420 – more than three years

      If you’re applying from inside the UK

      • £827 – up to three years
      • £1,636 – more than three years

      Applicants must also pay an annual Immigration Health Surcharge of £1,035 for adults and £776 for minors.

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        How Manchester Immigration Lawyers Can Help You

        Joining your spouse or parent in the UK as a dependent keeps your family united. Manchester immigration lawyers can help if you’re considering travelling to the UK to reunite with your partner or parent.

        Our UK immigration lawyers are experts in UK immigration rules and have several years of experience helping families reunite in the UK. We offer personalised services tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. From gathering the required supporting documentation to filing your application and following up with UK Visas and Immigration, we ensure that every step of the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

        We understand that reuniting with your family is a priority, and we are committed to providing you with the best legal support. For more information about our services or assistance with filing your Skilled Worker Dependent visa application, contact us today via email, the online contact form, or at +44 (0)161 826 9783.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  The Home Office typically processes dependent visa applications from outside the UK within three weeks. Applications from inside the UK often take up to eight weeks.

                  Skilled Worker Dependent visa holders can work at any job in the UK except as professional sportspersons or coaches.

                  You’ll need at least £2,070 to support a family of four in the UK, £1,270 for yourself, £285 for your spouse or partner, £315 for one child, and £200 for an additional dependent child.

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