Children applying for a Dependant visa must be under 18 at the time of their visa application.
Your child must not have formed an independent family unit or be leading an independent life. This means your child must:
- Not have a spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner
- Live with you unless they live away from home to attend boarding school or University
- Not be employed full-time
- Be wholly or mainly dependant on their parents for emotional and financial support
Child dependants aged 16 and 17 will need to provide evidence with their visa application that they are not living an independent life.
You can only bring dependant children to the UK if both the child’s parents will be applying for immigration permission at the same time as the child, or already have immigration permission to be in the UK. If the child’s other parent will not be present in the UK, your child can only join you in the UK if one of the following exceptions applies:
- You have sole responsibility for your child’s upbringing
- The child’s other parent is deceased
- There are serious or compelling circumstances which require your child to be with you in the UK and you have made suitable arrangements for the child’s care
You will need to provide evidence of the above circumstances with your child’s visa application.