A dependent visa allows you to come into a country where a spouse or relative is already living. It gains its name from the fact your application and continued allowance to stay within a country is dependent on that person already living there. This person can be a native citizen of the country or they could have themselves obtained a visa.
Let’s take a look at the dependent visa and how you can go about getting one for the UK.
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1. Figure Out Whether You Can Apply
To start with, you must make sure the person in the UK is eligible to support your application. To fulfill the visa requirements, they must:
- Be a native citizen of the country,
- Be from outside the country but have a valid visa to stay, or
- Be under some sort of humanitarian protection.
You should also be already in the UK or be from a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. There are other visas for people who don’t fall into the correct category, particularly if they come from countries within the European Union (EU), where rules over free movement govern the visa system.
If you do come from within the EEA, contact the immigration service to find out the best way to apply. Acquiring a visa as a member of the EEA is generally much easier because the rules are more lenient.
2. Give Yourself Enough Time
It can take as long as you want it to. Anyone applying using the postal system will have to wait up to eight weeks to receive a decision. If you need to get your visa quickly, you can take advantage of the premium service. This is a type of service where you can pay an extra fee and receive a decision on the same day.
Sometimes, your application may be delayed because the authorities require additional supporting documents. They may also ask for you to attend an interview. The matter could become even more complex if you hold some sort of criminal conviction.
3. Bring the Money Together
It does cost money to apply for a dependent visa. It costs £601 per person, including children. This is for the standard service. If you want to take advantage of the premium service, the cost goes up to £1,001 per person. There are no bulk discount options available. This is a flat fee.
4. Have the Right Documents
You can download and fill out the forms directly from the UK immigration service website. When you submit the forms, you must provide appropriate documentation. First of all, you’ll always need a current passport. Accompanying the passport you should have two colour photographs of the same size. They should reflect what you look like presently.
You’ll also need some proof that the person already in the UK has some sort of British citizenship or a specific immigration status entitling them to stay. Usually, this boils down to submitting a copy of their visa and their details. To prove your relationship to this person, you’ll need something like a birth or marriage certificate.
Generally, the more documents you submit, the better. Even if you’re not sure how relevant they are, submit them anyway. The worst they can do is not take them into account.
Make sure you do your research before undergoing your application. You need to make sure you’re not wasting your time. It’s a considerable expense and most rejections are given to people who didn’t read through the requirements properly. Get it right, and you should have no problems getting that dependent visa you need to enjoy a new and exciting life in the UK.