Applying as an Appendix W Worker Dependent

Family members of business people applying under the new visa categories; the Start-up Visa and Innovator Visa, can apply to join or remain with the main Applicant in the UK as an Appendix W Worker Dependent. Dependents will be able to undertake most work in the UK and can access NHS services. There is also a route to settlement as a family member of an Innovator Visa migrant. Our Immigration Team are business immigration specialists and we can assist in making the process easier in applying as the family member of an Appendix W Worker as we have the experience to navigate the UK’s confusing Immigration system.  

Who is an Appendix W Worker Dependent Relative?

Eligible family members to apply as an Appendix W Worker Dependent are:

  • Spouses;
  • Civil partners;
  • Unmarried and same-sex partners; and
  • Children who are under the age of 18 when making the initial application.

Children over the age of 18 who have not previously been granted leave as the family member of the main Applicant in this category and adult dependent relatives such as parents and grandparents also cannot apply under this route. However, the Home Office caseworker can consider applications outside of the Immigration Rules if there are exceptional, compelling and compassionate circumstances which can be demonstrated through substantial documentary evidence.

The Home Office guidance for points-based system dependant family members has been updated to include provisions for Appendix W Worker Dependents.

What are the requirements for an Appendix W Worker Dependent Visa?

Family members of Appendix W Workers will have to satisfy the eligibility requirements under paragraph 319C of the Immigration Rules for family members of relevant points-based system and Appendix W Workers. This crucially includes demonstrating to the caseworker that there is a genuine relationship between the main Applicant and his or her family member(s) applying as a dependent. Children must be under the age of 18 at the date of the application being submitted. Children must also not be leading independent lives or formed an independent family unit. The following requirements must also be satisfied in order for the application to be a success:

Maintenance requirement – Appendix W Worker Dependants must be able to show that they can be supported and accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds by showing there is a sufficient level of funds available to the Applicant, as set out in Appendix E of the Immigration Rules. Dependants of Start-up or Innovator migrants cannot use the same funds that the main Applicant has used in order to meet the maintenance requirement.

English language requirement – If the main Appendix W Worker is required to satisfy the English language requirement, then it is likely so will any dependants. This is either through a degree taught in English at the relevant level, passing a Home Office approved English language test at the required level or being a national of a majority English speaking country as listed on the Home Office website.

Dependents may be required to take a TB Test depending on the country of which they are applying. It is important to seek legal advice from our business immigration specialists to ensure all of the necessary rules and satisfied and documents provided. The UK’s Immigration Rules are highly complex and often lay-applicants find that their visa applications are refused due to minor mistakes such as not properly understanding the requirements and specified documents. Therefore, Applicants should contact our team today to book a consultation with our solicitors for legal advice and guidance.

Using Legal Representation to apply as a family member of an Appendix W Worker

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit an Appendix W Worker Dependent Visa application.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successfully apply as a family member of an Appendix W Worker

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02030110276 or complete our contact form.

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