As a general rule, the Home Office will consider a dependant to be a spouse or civil partner, an unmarried partner (provided they have been living with the main applicant for at least 2 years), or a child under the age of 18.
As part of the application, specified documentation would need to be submitted with the application to evidence the relationship to the main applicant.
Dependants can join main applicants in a wide variety of immigration routes, such as Skilled Worker, Expansion Worker, Global Talent, UK Ancestry, or Innovator Founder, amongst others, provided the requirements are met.
It is important to note a recent update in UK Immigration. Currently, those coming to the UK on a Student visa to study a postgraduate course are permitted to have their dependants join them in the UK. However, the Home Office have recently announced that, from January 2024 onwards, UK Student visa holders will no longer be permitted to bring their family members to the UK, unless they are studying postgraduate courses with a research focus.
Another visa to consider is the Adult Dependant Relative. This route is for individuals over the age of 18, who will be sponsored by a relative in the UK (who must meet certain requirements). The threshold for this route is quite high and the applicant would need to show that they require long-term personal care to perform everyday tasks due to age, illness or disability, and that care must be either not available or not affordable in the country where the applicant is living.
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