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Applying for Skilled Worker Dependent Visas: The Complete Guide

You can bring your partner, spouse, or children to the UK with you if you hold a valid Tier 2 Skilled Worker Visa.

At London Immigration Lawyer, we understand the challenges that come with applying for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa and are here to help. Get in touch with us today. Call us on 020 4502 8582, or find us online.

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    Tier 2 Dependent Visa Overview

    The Tier 2 Dependent Visa is a type of family visa that allows the family members of Tier 2 Visa holders to live and work in the UK. The Tier 2 Dependent Visa is valid for the same period of time as the Tier 2 Visa and allows dependents to work, study, and access public services in the UK.

    Tier 2 Dependents can also apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK once they have held their visa for five years.

    The Tier 2 Dependent Visa is a points-based visa and requires applicants to score at least 40 points. Applicants must score 10 points for each of the following criteria: age, English language ability, maintenance, and accommodation.

    In addition, Tier 2 Dependents must also pass a tuberculosis test and a criminal background check. Tier 2 Dependants who are under 18 years old must also have arrangements in place for their care and welfare while in the UK.

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    Who Qualifies as a Tier 2 Dependent?

    To qualify as a Tier 2 Dependent, you must be the following:

    • Partner – Legal marriage or civil partnership, or a relationship for at least two years.
    • Spouse – Legal marriage.
    • Dependent child – Under 18 and biologically related to the Skilled Worker Visa holder.
    • Children over 18, if currently in the UK.

    Tier 2 Dependent Visa Requirements

    To apply for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Be 18 or over, unless applying as the dependent of a Tier 4 Student Visa holder.
    • Have enough money to support themselves without having to access public funds.
    • Pass a tuberculosis test if from a specified country.
    • Have valid proof of English language ability.
    • Provide evidence that the Skilled Worker Tier 2 Visa holder has sufficient funds for accommodation in the UK.
    • Have no criminal record or any health conditions that may cause harm to other people in the UK.

    The applicant must also have, or is applying for, leave to remain in the UK under one of the following categories:

    • Tier 2 (General), now Skilled Worker visa, including the Health & Care Worker visa
    • Tier 2 Intracompany Transfer
    • Tier 2 Minister of religion
    • Tier 2 Sportsperson

    Knowledge of English

    You must prove you can read, write, speak and understand English to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
    To prove your knowledge of English, you must take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by the Home Office or have a degree-level academic qualification that was taught in English.

    Maintenance Funds

    Skilled workers and Tier 2 dependents have no recourse to public funds, which means they need to be able to support themselves without any assistance from the government.

    Skilled Workers and Tier 2 Dependents must prove they have enough money to sustain themselves for at least the first month of their stay in the UK.

    Skilled Worker and Tier 2 Dependents must provide evidence that they have access to a minimum of £285 for a partner and £315 for one child. Additionally, the main applicant must have £1,270 as a maintenance requirement.

    Tier 2 Dependent Visa Work Eligibility

    Tier 2 Dependents are allowed to work in the UK but must meet certain criteria. The Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holder must have permission to take up employment in a skilled role and must also be able to demonstrate that they can provide enough funds for their dependents to live in the UK without having to access public funds.

    Tier 2 Dependents must also apply for a National Insurance Number before they can start working in the UK. Additionally, Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holders and their dependents must adhere to the UK Code of Practice for Skilled Workers, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of employers and Skilled Worker Visa holders.

    How to Apply for a Tier 2 Dependent Visa?

    The Skilled Worker Dependent Visa application process will vary depending on whether the applicants are applying in the UK or outside the UK.

    Dependents applying from outside the UK

    Applicants applying for a Skilled Worker Dependent visa from outside of the UK must apply online using the Home Office website, providing all necessary documents and supporting evidence.

    This includes proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves without relying on public funds and valid proof of English language ability.

    Applicants will also need to provide biometric information as part of their application. If applying from outside of the UK, Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holders and their dependent family members must apply for entry clearance before they can enter the country.

    The applicant will have to use the Global Web Form (GWF) or a Unique Application Number (UAN) to apply for entry clearance at the local visa application centre.

    Dependents applying in the UK on their own

    Applicants who are already in the UK and wish to apply for Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa must apply online using the Home Office website, providing all necessary documents and supporting evidence.

    This includes proof that they have sufficient funds to support themselves without relying on public funds. Switching is only allowed when the applicant’s current visa has not expired.

    On the same note, applicants under one of the following are not permitted to switch in the UK:

    • Visit Visas
    • Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
    • Child student visa
    • Seasonal worker visa
    • Immigration bail

    During the application, applicants with be required to use the Global Web Form (GWF) or a Unique Application Number (UAN) to apply.

    Applicants will either attend UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services UKVCAS centre to provide biometrics information or will have them submitted through UK Immigration: ID Check app.

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      Skilled Worker Dependent Visa Fee

      The fee for the visa application varies depending on your circumstances. But in general, the normal fee ranges from £625 to £1,423.

      You will also need to pay the health care surcharge, which is usually £624 per year. You should also make sure you have enough funds to support yourself when you arrive in the UK, which is usually at least £1,270 (unless you are exempt).

      The fee also depends on the type of job you are applying for; if your job is on the shortage occupation list, the fee will be lower at £479 if you’re staying for up to 3 years and £943 if you’re staying for more than 3 years.

      Visa Processing Time

      The Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa application processing usually takes up to 8 weeks from the submission date.

      However, in some cases, it can take longer due to the large number of applications received by UKVI or other factors such as incomplete or missing documents during the application process.

      Required Documents for a Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa

      When applying for Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa, you will need to provide the following documents as part of your application:

      • Appointment sheet – proving the applicant has appointed a visa interview.
      • Valid passport or travel document – must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of application.
      • Proof of English language ability – this can be a test or certificate.
      • Passport-sized digital photograph – must meet Home Office requirements.
      • Financial evidence – must meet the Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa financial requirement, including evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself without relying on public funds.
      • Proof of relationship with Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holder – marriage certificate, birth certificate or evidence that you are the Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holder’s partner.
      • A valid TB test result – this is only required if applying from countries listed by the Home Office as high-risk for tuberculosis.
      • Previous passports – to show your previous travel history.

      Tier 2 Dependent Visa Extension

      Applicants who already have valid visa can extend it for a further period of up to five years, depending on the length of their current Skilled Worker Tier 2 dependent visa.

      They will also need to meet all the Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa requirements and provide evidence of the Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holder’s employment status in the UK.

      You can not extend a Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa in the UK if you have not been following immigration rules.

      If the main Tier 2 Migrant decides to leave the UK, the Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa will no longer be valid.

      What Am I Allowed To Do with a Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent Visa?

      The Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa allows the holder to:

      • Work in any job up to full time hours.
      • Study at an educational institution.
      • Participate in a State recognized or funded qualification.
      • Travel to other countries and return to the UK.
      • Take a postgraduate course.
      • Get married/enter into a civil partnership.
      • Extend the visa.

      What Am I Not Allowed To Do in the UK with Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent Visa?

      The Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa does not give you permission to:

      • Stay in the UK for more than 5 years.
      • Access public funds unless you can prove that you are destitute.
      • Work in certain jobs such as security guard, professional sportsperson, doctor or dentist in training.
      • Take an employed and/or self-employed job without permission from the Home Office.
      • Study in a restricted study field.

      Can a Tier 2 Dependent Visa Holder Apply for Settlement Permit?

      Yes, Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders who have lived in the UK continuously for five years can apply for a settlement permit.

      To be eligible to apply, visa holders must meet certain requirements such as having enough funds to support themselves and their families or being able to switch from Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa to a Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa, as well as satisfying the Home Office’s ‘knowledge of language and life in the UK’ requirement.

      Can I Study in the UK as a Tier 2 Dependent?

      Yes, Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders are allowed to study in the UK and can access public funds if they meet certain requirements.

      Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders are also able to switch from Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa to Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa.

      However, Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders are not permitted to study in certain fields such as medicine or dentistry.

      How Can London Immigration Lawyers Help?

      Our experienced immigration lawyers at London Immigration Lawyers have a good understanding of Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa applications and can help you submit a successful Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa application.

      We will assess your circumstances, advise you on the Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa requirements and provide you with guidance throughout the visa application process.

      We can also assist Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holders in applying for a settlement permit, as well as helping applicants switch to Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa.

      Contact us today on 020 4502 8582, or find us online for more information about Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visas and our London Immigration Lawyers services.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                Yes, Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders are allowed to work in any job up to full-time hours except for a few restricted professions such as security guard, professional sportsperson, or dentist in training.

                A Dependent child is defined as a person under 18 who is the Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holder’s son, daughter, brother, sister, adopted child or stepchild and is financially dependent on the Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa holder.

                Yes, Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders are allowed to travel outside of the UK and return without needing a fresh Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa. However, Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders must make sure that their Skilled Worker Tier 2 visa is still valid when they return to the UK.

                Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders are allowed to stay in the UK for up to 5 years unless they apply for an extension before the Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa expires. Skilled Worker Tier 2 Dependent visa holders can also apply for a settlement permit after continuously living in the UK for 5 years.

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