7. Family members
Your family members (‘dependants’) must apply to join or remain with you in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:
- your partner
- your child under 18
- your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as a dependant
They must complete their visa application by 5 July if they’ve already paid the immigration health surcharge or they might have to pay it twice. They’ll get a refund for their first payment.
Read the guidance on dependant applications before you apply.
You can use the premium service if you’re a dependant applying in the UK on your own or you’re applying for your UK-born child to stay.
You must show that your dependants can be supported while they’re in the UK.
Each dependant must have £630 available to them whether they apply with you or separately. This is in addition to the £945 you must have to support yourself.
You must have proof you have the money, and that it’s been in your bank account or your dependant’s bank account for at least 90 days before you or they apply.
Example You must have £2,205 if you want to bring your partner and one child with you to the UK - £945 to support yourself + £630 for your partner + £630 for your child.
Dependants applying outside the UK
Your family members must apply online.
They’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of their application.
They’ll have to collect their biometric residence permit within 10 days of when they said they’d arrive in the UK (even if they actually arrive at a later date).
They may be able to get their visa faster or other services depending on what country they’re in - check with the visa application centre.
Your family members can’t apply online if they’re from North Korea.
Each family member will need to make their own application. They must:
- download the application form and guidance - they can read the guidance if they need help filling in the form
- read the instructions to find out where they need to take their completed form
Dependants applying in the UK
If they want to extend or switch their visa at a different time, they can:
- apply online - dependant partner application
- apply online - dependant child application
- download the paper form
- download the paper form and apply using the premium service at a premium service centre
Family members can’t apply in the UK as your dependant if they hold a visitor visa.
Each person applying must also provide their biometric information (fingerprints and a photo).
They can give their biometric information at:
- certain Post Office branches if they applied online (this costs £19.20)
- a premium service centre if they applied in person
They’ll get a biometric residence permit if their application is successful.
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.