UK Adult Dependent Relative Visa: Guide to Successful Applications

Adult Dependent Relative (ADR) Visa applications have garnered attention due to their high refusal rates, reaching 96% between 2017 and 2020. In this detailed guide, we delve into the intricacies of these applications, shedding light on the reasons behind refusals and offering insights to enhance your chances of success. If you’re considering an ADR Visa application, understanding the nuances and seeking our expert guidance is crucial.

What is the Adult Dependent Relative visa?

Formerly outlined in Appendix FM and now under Appendix Adult Dependent Relative, this visa is not a mere parent or elderly person’s visa. It extends beyond retirement and financial dependence, catering to individuals over 18 who are parents, grandparents, children, or siblings of a UK sponsor. The sponsor must be a British citizen, settled in the UK, hold protection status, or be an EEA national with pre-settled status under specific conditions.

Dependency Criteria

The crux of the application lies in proving dependency, involving long-term personal care due to age, illness, or disability. This care must be essential for everyday tasks, including washing, dressing, cooking, and more. The challenge arises in meeting the criteria where the applicant must be unable to obtain the necessary care in their home country, either due to unavailability or unaffordability.

Key Considerations for Dependency

  1. Long Term Personal Care Needs: Emphasising the need for long-term personal care is paramount. Everyday tasks must be delineated, encompassing not only physical but also emotional and psychological aspects, as loneliness and isolation significantly contribute to declining health.
  2. Availability and Affordability of Care: The applicant must establish that the required level of care is unavailable or unaffordable in their home country, even with the sponsor’s financial assistance. This crucial aspect often defines the trajectory of the application.

Framing the Dependency Argument

To strengthen the case, it’s essential to carefully frame the dependency argument by addressing key questions:

  • What are the applicant’s long-term personal care needs?
  • What is the required level of care?
  • Is there a reasonable alternative caregiver in the home country?
  • If local care is available, is it affordable?

Why Choose Our Leading London Law Firm

Navigating the complexities of an ADR Visa application requires the expertise of dedicated and specialist Immigration Solicitors. Our leading London Law Firm offers:

  1. In-Depth Knowledge: Our expert Immigration Solicitors possess comprehensive knowledge of the intricacies surrounding Adult Dependent Relative Visa applications, ensuring thorough guidance and representation.
  2. Strategic Argumentation: We specialise in crafting compelling arguments that address the specific challenges posed by the dependency criteria, emphasising the unique aspects of each case.
  3. Evidence Compilation: Understanding the importance of evidence, we assist in compiling strong medical documentation, leveraging the expertise of medical professionals to substantiate the applicant’s long-term care needs.
  4. Financial Requirement Compliance: Our team ensures meticulous attention to the financial requirements, securing adequate maintenance, accommodation, and care in the UK without relying on public funds.


Successfully navigating the ADR Visa application process demands careful consideration of the intricate dependency criteria and expert guidance from Immigration Solicitors. Our leading London Law Firm stands ready to provide unparalleled support, ensuring a comprehensive and compelling submission that enhances your prospects of approval. When the stakes are high, trust the expertise of our dedicated team to guide you through the complexities of Adult Dependent Relative Visa applications.

Successful Adult Dependent Relative Visa Applications

The key ingredient to success is having the right support. 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 the merit of your case before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you in proceeding 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 and LEXLAW are just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is integral to success. 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 develop a timely legal strategy for your successful Adult Dependent Visa Application as well as any avenues of review or appeal you may be able to pursue.

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

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