Your partner and children (‘dependants’) may be able to apply to come to the UK or stay longer in the UK.
You must be one of the following:
A dependant partner or child is one of the following:
You’ll need to provide evidence of your relationship when you apply, for example:
If your child is 16 or 17 on the date you apply you’ll need to prove they are not living an independent life, for example they’re not married or in a civil partnership.
You’ll need to prove:
If your child lives with you, you’ll need to provide 2 of the following documents confirming their address:
Your partner or child does not need to prove they have this money if they’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months.
If you and your partner or child are from a country listed under the ‘differential evidence requirement’ and you’re applying at the same time, they do not need to prove they have money to support themselves.
However, they might be asked to provide this evidence before they get a decision on their application.
If they do need to provide it, they’ll be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) after they’ve submitted their application.
Your partner and children must either:
1. apply online as your partner
2. apply online as your child
They’ll need your application number – you get it when you apply. This number is called a Global Web Form (GWF) or a Unique Application Number (UAN). You’ll find it on emails and letters from the Home Office about your application.
As part of their application, they’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit).
They’ll have to collect their biometric residence permit within 10 days of when they said they’d arrive in the UK.
They may be able to pay to get their visa faster or use other services depending on which country they’re in – check with the visa application centre.
If their application is successful, their visa will end on the same date as yours.
Apply for your partner or child’s visa at the same time as you extend or switch your own visa.
If you cannot apply at the same time, your partner or child can apply to extend or switch their visas at a later date – this must be before their current visa expires.
Your partner or child cannot apply to switch in the UK if they have one of the following visas:
Each person will need to pay:
1. £475 for the visa
2. The healthcare surcharge – check how much they’ll have to pay
They may need to pay £19.20 to have their biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.
Apply online for any children you have while in the UK.
You’ll need to provide a full UK birth certificate for each child.