Guidance for dependants of UK visa applicants (Tiers 1, 2, 5 and Appendix W)

Full guidance on the policy for applications by the family of people who have UK visas under the points-based system (PBS dependants) and Appendix W workers.

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This guidance is out of date. Links to up to date information can be found further down this page for the family of UK visa applicants in Tiers 1,2,5 and Appendix W.


PBS dependant guidance: withdrawn

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Published 12 November 2013
Last updated 3 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. This guidance has been withdrawn.

  2. Guidance for dependants of Students and Child students has been removed from the document. A link to the new guidance for Students and Child students has been added to the details section on this page.

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  12. Updated guidance for use on or after 11 January 2018.

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