UK Tier 2 dependent visa

UK Tier 2 dependent

UK Tier 2 dependent visa is reasonably flexible and offers several choices not seen in many other visa categories. The ability to work for any employer is one of the main benefits of this visa (apart from positions as a coach or sportsperson or as a dentist or a doctor in training). While studying is still possible for those with a Tier 2 dependent visa. You must consider some limitations before applying for a course. Families of Tier 2 Visa holders can join them in the United Kingdom with the Tier 2 Dependent Visa. Although the Tier 2 Visa has been displaced by the Health & Care Worker and Skilled Worker visas, dependents may still travel with the primary visa owner.

To qualify for a Tier 2 dependent visa, an applicant needs to meet the requirements set by UK immigration. This post discusses the requirements for applying for dependent visas under this route. Describes eligible candidates, and emphasizes the opportunities and rights available to dependents in the UK.

Eligible Dependents for UK Tier 2 Visa

Family of individuals currently in the UK on a Tier 2 or skilled worker visa are the main focus of eligibility for a UK Tier 2 dependent visa. Children, unmarried partners (who have been in a relationship with the primary visa holder for at least two years). One may classify spouses or civil partners as family.

A crucial component of the application procedure for the UK Tier 2 dependent visa is the requirement for applicants to verify the legitimacy of their relationship with the primary visa holder. This step is vital in ensuring the reliability of the immigration system and in allowing only authorized family members to accompany their loved ones in the UK. Providing a sense of security and trust in the process.

 Requirements for the UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa

To guarantee that only legal dependents accompany the primary visa holder in the UK. Obtaining a UK Tier 2 dependent visa necessitates fulfilling particular requirements set forth by the UK Home Office. The following are the main qualifying requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible to apply for this visa:

Requirements for Partner’s Relationship

Establishing the authenticity of the relationship between the dependent and the primary visa holder is essential for a Tier 2 dependent visa application to be granted. Presenting a legally recognized marriage or civil partnership certificate is necessary for spouses or civil partners. The main objectives are to verify the partnership’s legality, validity, and compliance with UK standards.

Partners who are not married must show that they have had a meaningful and ongoing relationship for at least two years. They shared obligations, such as utility bills or joint tenancy agreements. Usually serve as proof of this since they show a stable and devoted partnership.

Requirements for Children

Children under eighteen, including those born in the UK while you were a resident or those above eighteen. Provided they are currently living in the UK as your dependent, may apply.

The child must live with you to be eligible, unless they are enrolled in a full-time program away from home, such as a boarding school or a university. The kid should also not be in a civil association or be married.

You will be able to provide proof of your living arrangement with the application. These can be any of the following:

  • Statements from credit cards
  • A bank statement
  • A driving license
  • A record attesting to your NHS registration
  • An official letter from their educational establishment, such as a college or university.

Financial Requirements for UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa

Dependents must demonstrate their financial independence without using government funding by supporting the primary visa holder. For a partner, the economic threshold is £285; for one kid, it is £315; and for each next child, it is £200.

Bank statements demonstrating the money’s availability for a considerable amount of time before the application. Proving the ability to support the dependent during their stay in the UK, are commonly used as proof of capability.

Families in the UK for 12 months on a valid visa or if the primary visa holder’s company provides financial support for the first month in the UK are exempt from these financial criteria. The employer’s certificate of sponsorship, submitted with the initial Tier 2 visa application, must provide specifics about this support.

Documents Required for UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa

Among the documents that you might need to submit with your application for a dependent skilled worker visa are:

  • The passport or other identity document of the applicant
  • Proof of the applicant’s and primary visa holder’s relationship (e.g., birth certificate or marriage certificate)
  • Proof showing that the primary visa holder owned a valid skilled worker visa at the time of application.

Evidence of the child’s dependency on the primary visa holder. If the child is 16 years old or older, such as:

  • A credit card statement
  • Driver’s license
  • Bank statement
  • NHS registration paperwork
  • Official correspondence from their college or university
  • Proof of sufficient money for support (bank statement)

Application Processing and Time Required for UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa

Each dependent applicant, including children, must submit a separate application and pay a fee. Applications for dependent visas may be submitted simultaneously with the primary application for a visa or later. Successful applications will be awarded leave under the primary visa applicant’s leave duration, regardless of when they are submitted. Different steps will need to be taken depending on where the dependent visa application is made.

Those outside the UK typically receive processing in three weeks. While those within the UK may require up to eight weeks. If you need a judgment quickly, you can choose the super-priority service, which costs an extra £1000 and provides a decision in just one working day. The priority service, which costs an extra £500 and provides a decision in five working days, Furthermore, dependents may extend their visa following the primary applicant’s leave. They provided that they fulfill the eligibility requirements and that the primary visa holder stays in the United Kingdom.

UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa Costs

Three components comprise the cost of a UK Tier 2 dependent visa. The application fee, the biometric fee, and the immigration healthcare surcharge (which goes toward paying for the UK’s National Health Service). The split of fees for visas reliant on tier 2 is as follows:

DurationApply from Outside the  UKApply from Inside the UKJob on the Shortage Occupations List  
Application fees (for a maximum of three years)  £719 for every individual  £827 for each individual  £551
Fee for application (longer than three years)  £1,420 for every individual  £1,500 for every individual    £1084  
Biometric Fee  £19.20 for every individual   ////
Healthcare surcharge for immigrants  £1035 per individual annually (£776 for children).  ////

With A UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa, What Can I Do?

Those with a Tier 2 Dependent Visa can integrate and positively contribute to UK society. Families can remain together as long as the individuals under this visa category are in the UK for the same time as the primary Tier 2 visa holder.

In most UK industries, dependents have the right to work, enabling them to advance their careers and provide for their families. Under certain circumstances, they can also enroll in study programs or take post-graduate courses to further their credentials and opportunities for employment.

Additionally, dependents may apply for ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) after continuously living in the UK for five years. Provided the primary visa holder is qualified for or has already received the settlement.

Limitations for Tier 2 Dependent Visa

Compared to many other visa categories, the limitations on Tier 2 dependent visas are light, even when studying. The following is stated in paragraphs 74 and 75 of the “restrictions on study” part of the article “Skilled Workers and Students (Dependents): Policy Guidance”:

74. To pursue studies or research related to the following, you must apply for an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate if you turn 18. At the same time, on leave, or if you are 18 or older at the time of application.

  1. An overseas post-graduate degree that comprises a term of research or research in one of the programs mentioned in Appendix 6 of the Immigration Rules, paragraphs 1 or 2, at a university or other higher education establishment.
  2. ii. A taught master’s degree from one of the post-graduate programs mentioned in Appendix 6 of the Immigration Rules or another post-graduate qualification.
  3. A research-based master’s or doctorate in any field specified in Appendix 6 of the Immigration Rules, paragraph 1.

If you have a Tier 2 dependent visa, you can study. But in certain rare cases, you might also need to present an ATAS certificate.


The ability for family members to enter the United Kingdom with a Tier 2 dependent visa and accompany the primary visa holder is one benefit of the Tier 2 visa pathway. The health and care worker, skilled worker visa, and visa for healthcare professionals have replaced the Tier 2 visa. Which is no longer available for new applications. We examined the requirements for dependents of UK Tier 2 Dependent Visa, Skilled Worker, and Health Care Worker visa holders, including who qualifies, what they may do, and how to apply.


What is the ATAS certificate?

Before they are allowed to start their course, international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are studying or conducting research in specific subjects that are deemed “sensitive” must obtain an ATAS certificate under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).

According to the government website, “earning a degree in certain sensitive subjects at the post-graduate level could lead to the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or their delivery systems. Therefore, all international students subject to UK immigration control must apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can study in the UK.”

Applicants for Tier 2 Dependent Visas Work in the UK?

Of course, those with a Tier 2 dependent visa can work in the UK. There are limitations, however: you have no right to pursue medical or dental education or participate in professional sports, including coaching positions. You can look for work in any other field without needing a different work visa.

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Khurram Amir Qureshi has been an advocate of Pakistan since 2004, a Solicitor of England and Wales since 2009, Solicitor of Ireland since 2015. He has extensive experience in family law, Immigration law, Personal injury cases, and Civil and Commercial litigation gaining over 13 years of continuous practice in England and Wales.

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