The Adult Dependant Relative visa category is for elderly non-EEA dependant relatives of British or settled persons in the UK. Applicants must show that they require long-term personal care that is not available in their home country. The Adult Dependant Relative visa rules were amended in July 2012 and since then it has become notoriously difficult to submit a successful Adult Dependant Relative visa application. The Home Office caseworkers have been advised to take a strict approach when interpreting the Immigration Rules (Appendix FM) in relation to Adult Dependant Relative applications. Our specialist immigration team has a proven method of submitting successful Adult Dependant Relative visa applications.
What is an Adult Dependant Relative visa?
The Adult Dependant Relative visa route allows non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) national adult dependent relatives of British or settled persons to apply for a UK visa so that they can be looked after. In order to apply, the Applicant must show that as a result of age, illness, or disability, they require a level of long-term personal care that can only be provided in the UK by their relative and without recourse to public funds.
Who can apply for an Adult Dependant Relative visa?
The Adult Dependant Relative visa category is for elderly non-EEA dependant relatives of British or settled persons in the UK. The Applicant must be able to show that they need long-term care from a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is living permanently in the UK.
The Applicant must submit evidence showing that as a result of age, illness/disability, require long-term personal care such as help performing everyday tasks, e.g. washing, dressing, and cooking. The Applicant must also show that with financial support from the British or settled family member the correct level of care is not available in the home country. The Applicant must show that the Sponsor has sufficient financial resources to adequately maintain, accommodate, and care for the Applicant in the UK without recourse to public funds. The Sponsor must provide a written undertaking confirming financial responsibility.
How to apply for the Adult Dependant Relative?
The Adult Dependant Relative visa must be submitted from outside the UK using the online form. The application is governed by the UK Immigration Rules and further broken down by Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. In order to apply for an Adult Dependant Relative visa you must meet the following requirements:
- The Applicant must be an adult relative (parent, grandparent, sibling or child aged 18 or over of a British national/settled person present in the UK;
- The Sponsor must be 18 years old or over;
- The Applicant requires long-term care due to illness/disability preventing the Applicant from performing everyday tasks;
- The Applicant must submit evidence showing the correct level of care is not available in the overseas home country;
- The Applicant must submit evidence that the Sponsor has sufficient financial resources to maintain and accommodate the Applicant without recourse to public funds. It is often worth submitting evidence of private health care or private medical insurance.
The above requirements are just guidelines and we strongly recommend you obtain specialist legal advice before submitting an Adult Dependant Relative visa application to avoid a negative Home Office decision.
Can I extend my Adult Dependant Relative visa?
In most cases, there is no need to extend the Adult Dependant Relative visa as it is granted for an indefinite period. It will only be granted for an unlimited period if the Sponsor has British citizenship or settled status in the UK. Applicants will only be required to extend their visas if their Sponsor has temporary refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK. The Applicant will be required to extend the visa at the same time as the Sponsor.
How much does an Adult Dependant Relative visa cost?
The Home Office visa application fee for an Adult Dependant Relative application is £3,250 plus the Immigration Health Surcharge. The current Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee is £400 per year, however, from 27 October 2020, the IHS fee will rise to £624 per year.
What happens if you cannot submit the Adult Dependant Relative visa from outside the UK?
There will be some circumstances where a person may be in the UK on a short-term visa and suddenly their health deteriorates to a level where they need long-term care. Whilst the Adult Dependant Relative visa cannot be applied from within the UK, there may be other visa applications available.
How our immigration solicitors can help with Adult Dependant Relative visa applications
Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in Adult Dependant Relative visa applicationsand prepare applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting successful Adult Dependant Relative visa applications for a range of different clients. The key to submitting successful applications is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the requirements and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the application. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provides multiple substantial reviews of the application bundle to ensure that the correct documentary evidence is submitted. We also prepare and assist with the submission of the application.
Using our immigration solicitors to submit Adult Dependant Relative visa applications
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 Adult Dependant Relative 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 Adult Dependant Relative visa 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 Adult Dependant Relative visa application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Adult Dependant Relative visa applications with our immigration solicitors
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 Adult Dependant Relative visa application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your 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. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice, and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful Adult Dependant Relative visa application. 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 02071830570 or complete our contact form.