Your family members (‘dependants’) can travel with you or join you in the UK on a dependant visa. Your family members must obtain the visa before travelling to the UK, unless their personal circumstances mean they have the right to live in the UK without needing a dependant visa.
Please refer to the Dependants applying in the UK section if your family member holds a UK visa and will be switching to a dependant visa.
A ‘dependant’ is any of the following
- Your husband, wife or partner
- Your child under 18, (a child aged 16-18 must not be leading an independent life)
- Your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as a dependant
Family member coming for a short visit
A family member coming to the UK for a short period of time to visit you, family members or friends, can apply for a standard visitor visa. This visa is valid up to 6 months. When filling in the visa application, please select the main reason for your visit as being 'Tourism (including visiting family and friends).
More information can be found, and the visa application can be submitted, on the Home Office Standard visitor visa website.
Family member coming to join the main applicant in the UK
Dependants intending to move to the UK to join you, must apply for a dependant visa before travelling. The visa granted will match the end date of your Skilled Worker visa.