Your dependants can apply to extend or switch their visa if they are already in the UK, as long as they do not currently hold a
- Visitor visa
- Short Term study visa
- Parent of a Child Student visa
- Seasonal Worker visa
- Domestic Worker visa
- they are outside of the Immigration Rules
They will not require a Certificate of Sponsorship, but they will need to apply for an extension of their permission to enter/stay in the UK.
Complete an online application
It is best for your dependants to apply at the same time as you, but they can apply at a later date.
Applying together means their details can be included with your application and forms a ‘Family group’ application. The online application will ask whether any dependants are applying and the details are added by specifying whether they are a 'dependant partner or spouse' or a 'dependant child'. When applying as a ‘Family group’ the combined visa fees and Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge for all those applying must be paid.
Family group application
The online application for a family group can be found here
Dependants applying within the UK seperate to the main applicant
Each dependant will need to submit their own seperate online application
The visa application fee, Immigration Health (NHS) Surcharge and biometric enrolment fee will be paid as part of the online application. Further details can be found on the costs section.
Prepare your supporting documents and book a biometric appointment
Once the online application is submitted, you will automatically be directed to set up an account with and book a biometrics appointment at a UK Visas and Citizenship Application Services Centre (UKVCAS).
The online application provides a 'document checklist' scanned copies of these documents should be uploaded prior to the appointment.
You can decide to have these documents scanned for you during the biometric enrolment appointment but this has extra charges and is normally not necessary.
Please refer to the section on Documents dependants must submit for further information.
As part of the application process, you are required to apply for a biometric immigration document, commonly known as a biometric residence permit.
At the UKVCAS appointment you will need to enrol your biometric details, fingerprints and facial image.
Once the application has been decided and the dependant visa granted, the Home Office will courier the biometric residence permit to the correspondence address listed on your application.
The Home Office guidance provides full details on the requirements.