What are the benefits of a UK Skilled Worker dependent visa?

18 Nov 2022, 16 mins ago

One of the questions we are most often asked by applicants is whether they can bring their family with them to the UK, and what their family members are allowed to do once here.

Skilled Worker visa holders can potentially bring their spouse, civil partner, or in certain cases an unmarried partner with them to the UK on a Dependent visa. Their children under the age of 18 are usually also eligible to apply.

Of course, the main benefit of a dependent visa is that it allows a family to stay together in the UK, but there are also other benefits that the visa brings.

One of the major benefits of a dependent visa is that a dependent partner can take up employment in the UK. Apart from not being able to work as a professional sportsperson or coach, they would have no restrictions on the type of work they could undertake. There is also no minimum salary requirement they have to meet, unlike the Skilled Worker visa holder themselves. Alternatively, if they do not wish to work, dependent partners can also study (subject to ATAS conditions). Besides, the dependent partner or child can enrol into the British education system.

Finally, after five years in the UK, a dependent partner can potentially apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, subject to UK visa and immigration laws, which would ultimately lead to British citizenship. Dependent children will be in a position to apply for settlement either together with their parents, or after they have been granted ILR.

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