You or your dependant must apply to join or remain with you in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
A dependant is any of the following:
- your partner
- your child aged under 18
- your child aged 18 or older if they’re already in the UK as dependants
You should submit your dependant’s application at the same time as yours. Read the guidance on dependant applications before you apply.
They must complete their visa application by 5 July if they’ve already paid the healthcare surcharge or they might have to pay it twice. They’ll get a refund for their first payment.
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 1 child with you to the UK (£945 to support yourself + £630 for your partner + £630 for your child).
Dependants applying from 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 cannot 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 must either:
Family members cannot apply in the UK as your dependant if they hold a visitor visa.
Providing biometric information and supporting documents
When they apply, they’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide their biometric information (their fingerprints and a photo).
They’ll also need to submit their supporting documents. They can:
- upload them into the online service
- have them scanned at their UKVCAS appointment
They must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until they get a decision. Their application will be withdrawn if they do.
Children born while you’re in the UK
If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply online to add them to your visa as your dependant.
You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with them.
You’ll need to provide a full UK birth certificate for each child, showing the names of both parents.