Can I sponsor my parents for a UK visa?

23 Jan 2024, 46 mins ago

If your parents are living outside of the UK and need you to assist them with daily activities, they may be eligible to apply for an Adult Dependant Relative visa.

This visa may be a route for your parents to settle permanently in the UK, but it requires you to either have permanent residency or citizenship at the time of submission. This blog will address the high threshold of the requirements your parents would need to meet in order to be eligible for this visa route.

In order for you to sponsor your parents to apply for this visa, you must be:

  • a blood relative; and 
  • a British or Irish citizen, or have permanent residency (or Settled Status); or
  • have humanitarian protection (allowing you to permanently live in the UK);
  • able to financially support and care for your parents for at least 5 years; and
  • over the age of 18.

At least one parent must meet the following requirements:

  • They are elderly or have a disability or illness that prevents them from doing daily household tasks and living independently; and
  • The care they need is not accessible in their country, either due to unavailability or unaffordability.

It’s important to flag that if one parent meets the Rules for this visa, your other parent (on the provision that they remain in an existing relationship) will automatically qualify with them, regardless of their own health status.

In order to prove that you can financially support your parents in the UK for at least 5 years, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient accommodation (including such details as the number of bedrooms) and you will need to show that you have enough income and savings.

How Gherson can assist

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