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Family members or Dependants visas

Your family members  (‘dependants’) can come with you when you come to the UK on Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 visas or they can switch from another category while in the UK provided the main applicant’s route is eligible.

A ‘dependant’ is your husband, wife or partner or your child under 18. Children over 18 may also be eligible if they are financially dependent on you.

Savings
You must show that your dependants can be supported while they’re in the UK.

For most visa routes in Tier 1, 2, 4 or 5 you must have £1,260 for each dependant if you’re applying from outside the UK or have been in the UK for less than 12 months. If you’ve been in the UK for more than 12 months, you must have £630 for each dependant.

All funds must have been held for 90 consecutive days before you or they apply.

The amount you must have depends on your circumstances.

You do not need to provide evidence of your savings if you have a letter from an A rated sponsor or a letter from an endorsed sponsor.

Dependants applying in the UK on their own
Your dependants can apply to extend or switch their visas to stay with you if they’re already in the UK. Dependants must apply online on the relevant application.

Family members cannot apply in the UK if they hold a visitor visa.

Children born while you’re in the UK
If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply for permission for them to stay.

You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with them.

When you apply, send a full UK birth certificate for each child showing the names of both parents.

You must apply online for children born while you’re in the UK.

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