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UK dependent visa for parents and grandparents

The UK immigration rules allow for British nationals, or individuals holding Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), to sponsor their parents or grandparents to settle in the United Kingdom.

Elderly dependent visas are a difficult area of UK immigration law, and the application requires a lot of care, and sufficient evidence in order to be successful. This page will provide information on UK elderly dependent visa options, and the requirements for applying for one.

Requirements of the UK dependent visa for parents and grandparents

You can apply for a dependent to be included on your UK visa for most UK visa types. The requirements for including a parent, grandparent or elderly relative on your UK visa include:

  1. The Parent or Grandparent must be over 65 years of age. If they are not, some exceptional compassionate circumstances must be shown. Please contact our leading immigration lawyers for more guidance on what exceptional compassionate circumstances means in practice.

  1. The UK based sponsor must be financially able to support a Parent or Grandparent once they come to the United Kingdom. This may require extra evidence in your application, for example, bank statements to evidence savings, or payslips from your employer to show earnings. Our specialist visa lawyers in London can assist you with compiling this evidence for your application.

  1. The UK sponsor must have adequate accommodation in the United Kingdom to house the parent or grandparent. Our immigration lawyers have good relationships with local housing assessment officers and reports can be obtained at short notice to fulfil this accommodation requirement.

  1. The dependent must have no relatives in their home country who they could turn to for financial support. This does not mean that the parents or grandparents cannot apply from you to the UK if they have relatives in their home country. Rather it means that if the relative is financially able to support the parent in their home country, then the immigration authorities may refuse the application.

  1. The parent or grandparent must be mostly financially dependent on the UK sponsor. This means that the UK sponsor must be sending the parent or grandparent money for either their complete expenses or for most of their expenses.

Proving that you and your dependent meet the requirements for a parent or elderly dependent visa can be very difficult, and this is often a tough visa type to obtain which requires a lot ofevidence. To improve your chances of success in gaining a dependent visa, it is highly recommended that you seek legal assistance.

Our immigration lawyers in London have a wealth of experience in getting UK elderly dependent visas granted, and we know how to guide your application so it meets the relevant requirements. To speak to a member of our team about gaining a visa for elderly dependents in the UK, please get in touch by calling our office on 020 8038 8634 or by reaching out through our website.

Why choose Westkin for your UK elderly dependent visa

Our team of expert lawyers and solicitors in London are on hand to help you with your case, no matter how complex. Our team has worked across a number of cases, from simple and straightforward dependent visa application processes, to more complicated claims. We are available to assist you with your needs, whatever those may be. We make six unbreakable promises to our clients that we will provide them with a fast, honest and reliable service and we endeavour to meet these promises in every case.

To speak to a member of our team about UK dependent visas for parents and grandparents, please get in touch so we can assist you. Your first call is always cost-free and commitment-free so that we can assess your case.

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