Adult Dependent Relative Visa

The Adult Dependant Relative visa category is for non-EEA adult dependent relatives of British citizens in the UK, persons settled in the UK, or persons in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection status, who wish to settle here.

Requirements for an Adult Dependant Relative visa application

In order to qualify for an Adult Dependant Relative visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that:

  • You are the parent aged 18 years or over, grandparent, brother or sister aged 18 years or over or son or daughter aged 18 years or over of a person who is in the UK and that person is over 18 and either a British citizen, settled in the UK or a person with refugee leave or humanitarian protection status;
  • As a result of age, illness or disability, you require long-term personal care (that is help performing everyday tasks, e.g. washing, dressing and cooking);
  • You are unable, even with the practical and financial help of your family member in the UK, to obtain the required level of care in the country where you are living because it is not available and there is no person (close relative, home-help, housekeeper, nurse, carer, care or nursing home) in your country who can reasonably provide it, or because it
  • You will be adequately maintained, accommodated and cared for in the UK by your family member, without recourse to public funds (if your family member is a British citizen or settled in the UK, they will be required to sign a 5-year undertaking to this effect).

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.  

Meeting the Adult Dependant Relative Visa Requirement

The Adult Dependant Relative visa route is only available to applicants outside the UK. It is not possible to switch into this route from within the UK.

Even if the person applying for an Adult Dependant Relative visa does experience the high level of ill health required by the second criterion, the third criterion is even harder to meet. Most sponsors who are able to afford to maintain and accommodate their dependent relative for five years will find it hard to prove that they cannot afford to provide care for that relative in their country of origin.

If you are granted an Adult Dependant Relative visa then you will be permitted to enter, and remain in the UK, indefinitely.

The circumstances in which an adult dependent relative of a British citizen or person settled in the UK may qualify to settle permanently in the UK are limited. Non-EEA national family members and extended family members of EEA nationals who are exercising Treaty rights in the United Kingdom enjoy more generous provisions under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2016. In certain circumstances, British citizens may also be able to bring their adult dependent relatives to the UK by relying on these provisions.

Satisfying the High Evidential Threshold in Adult Dependant Relative visa application 

The Adult Dependant Relative visa application carries a high evidential threshold in order to meet the above second and third stages of the requirement, namely that as a result of age, illness or disability, you require long-term care, which is either not available in your country of origin or there is no person in your country of origin that can reasonably provide it. In order to meet these requirements, you will need to obtain expert reports demonstrating that these requirements are met.  

The type of expert and expert report you will need will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice. 

Making an Adult Dependant Relative Visa application with OneLaw Chambers

At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with UK Adult Dependant Relative Visa applications in order for applicants to relocate to and settle in the UK with their families.  We have assisted many foreign national applicants to prepare and submit successful UK Adult Dependant Relative Visa applications and we have represented clients from all over the world.

Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a UK Adult Dependant Relative Visa or professional immigration representation with preparing your UK Adult Dependant Relative immigration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.

We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process.


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