Updated Policy Guidance for Points Based System Dependents

The Home Office has published an updated guidance for Tier 1 Dependent applications. This updated Tier 1 Dependent guidance replaces the Dependant Family Members of points-based system migrants and Appendix W Workers guidance as part of the new points based system. There is also a separate guidance for the dependent family members of skilled workers and students which have also recently been updated. Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in points based system applications and are happy to schedule a consultation to discuss to discuss the requirements for an application and assess your case in further detail.  

What is a Points Based System Dependent?

A Points Based System Dependent is the dependant family member of a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) migrant, Skilled Worker migrant or a Student or Child Student migrant. To be eligible for a Points Based System Dependent Visa, one of the following circumstances must apply:

  • The dependent is the family member of a person with, or applying for, permission under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) route, Skilled Worker route or Student or Child Student route; or
  • The dependent does not yet qualify for settlement but their spouse or partner has settled on the basis of holding permission as, or obtained British citizenship having last had permission as, a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) migrant or Skilled Worker migrant; or
  • The dependent is the child of a person who has settled on the basis of holding permission as, or who obtained British citizenship having last had permission as, a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) or Skilled Worker and their other parent does not yet qualify for settlement; or
  • The dependent is the child of a person who has settled on the basis of holding permission as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) or Skilled Worker and that person has sole responsibility for the child dependent.

There are also additional criteria for the dependents of Students or Child Students.

Who is an eligible dependent family member?

A ‘family member’ is considered to be a spouse or civil partner, unmarried partner or child under the age of 18 (at the date of the initial application). Children over the age of 18 who have not previously been granted permission as a Tier 1, Skilled Worker or Student/Child Student Dependent are not eligible to apply. Furthermore, only in exceptional cases can adult dependent relatives of the applicable migrant apply for a Dependent Visa. This will be considered outside of the immigration rules and is very difficult to succeed on this basis.  

What are the main requirements for a Points Based System Dependent?

Other than proving the genuine family connection, dependents must also satisfy the maintenance requirements.  Depending on the visa route their family member is on, there will be a certain level of funds they will need to show that they hold for a certain number of days prior to the submission of their application. The purpose of the maintenance requirement is to demonstrate that they can be supported in the UK without recourse to public funds (having to claim benefits).

How our immigration solicitors can help with a Points Based System Dependent application

Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in Points Based System Dependent visas and prepare applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting successful applications for a range of different Points Based System clients. The key to submitting successful dependent applications is being aware of the relevant rules under the points based system. 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, uploading the supporting documents and scheduling the biometric appointment.

Using our Immigration Solicitors London to apply as a Points Based System Dependent under the new Immigration System

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 a 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.

Successful Points Based System Dependent Visa Applications

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 Points Based System Dependent Visa 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 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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