When you are planning to come to the UK to work for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder, you may be wondering which family members can join you in the UK. While a large number of Tier 2 General Visa holders come to the UK alone, many have dependents who rely upon them and may need to join them in the UK. In this article, we're going to look at bringing dependents to the UK. We will look at different options for different family members, and how the immigration rules govern things such as maintenance funds and the specific members of your family who can bring. By the end of the article, you should have a much clearer picture of which of your family members can join you in the UK while you are here on a Tier 2 General Visa.
The Tier 2 General Visa offers the chance to bring dependents to the UK that are eligible to come. The dependents that you can bring include: your spouse or partner, your children under the age of 18, and potentially a child over the age of 18 (as long as they are currently in the UK). All of these family members will need to meet the eligibility criteria, which depending on your circumstances would include maintenance funds to ensure that they can support themselves temporarily in the UK.
As long as they're eligible, your Tier 2 dependent can apply at the same time as you apply for your Tier 2 General Visa, or they can apply to join you later on in the UK once you have settled. It is not uncommon for dependants to join their family in the UK after the Tier 2 General Visa holder has been in the country for some time (to get settled etc.), and if you need help making this happen we can assist.
One of the criteria for the Tier 2 Dependent Visa is having maintenance funds of £630 available for 3 months (90 days) before applying to come to the UK to join a Tier 2 General Visa holder. There is an exception to this: if the Tier 2 General Visa holder is employed by an A-rated sponsor, or the sponsor is willing to give your dependent a Certificate of Sponsorship that notes that they will give your dependent £630 if they need it, the maintenance funds will not be required.
As well as maintenance funds, you will need to ensure that you have the ability to look after your dependants once they arrive in the UK (such as living in an appropriate property and having enough room to house them) - this will likely need to be proven. If you have any concerns about proving your ability to support your dependents in the UK, please get in touch and our team can help.
Your dependent partner or spouse will be free to work for any business as long as it operates legally. The partner or spouse of a Tier 2 General Visa holder can work freely, unlike the visa holder themselves. This is an important distinction and provides excellent opportunities for Tier 2 Dependant Visa holders to earn additional income for the family. You will not be able to add this income to your application as a means of supporting a family, as your partner or spouse cannot take up employment until they have arrived in the UK.
This will depend upon the age of your child and the circumstances surrounding them. If, for instance, they are under the age of 18 years then they will be able to join you in the UK as a dependant, if they're older than 18 then they may not be able to. There are exceptions to this rule, and it's best to get in touch with our immigration specialists who can help you to figure out the best way of proceeding with an application if you have a child who is over the age of 18 but cannot support themselves during their stay in the UK.
Yes, they absolutely can, once they've been in the UK for 5 years. Once they hit this milestone, your dependents will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. If, however, you gain Indefinite Leave to Remain before they do, they will be able to apply for a spouse visa (if this indeed is a better option). If you wish to discuss your options, please get in touch with our team and they will be able to help you to decide which visa is the best for your dependent and help you to make any applications that are necessary.
Once you've gained Indefinite Leave to Remain and held it for 12 months, you will then be able to apply for British citizenship (if this is indeed the route that you wish to take). Many immigrants to the UK opt to select this option - especially in the case that their country of origin allows its citizens to hold dual nationality. The UK does allow its citizens to hold dual nationality, as do many other countries around the world, so it is best to check with the embassy of your country of origin to see if it also supports dual nationality. If it does, there are many advantages to be gained by having dual nationality.
Our team of expert immigration solicitors are highly experienced and have helped many people to move to the UK to work and eventually settle down.
So, if you need help with a Tier 2 Dependent Visa query, don't hesitate to get in touch! We will be more than happy to give you the help and guidance you need to ensure a secure future here in the UK.
It's a shame that you dont have an 'Excellent' star rating on here, as my experience with Reiss Edwards is nothing short of an excellent rating. They handled my application for an Indefinite Leave to remain in April 2014 and did my husband's one very recently including my daughter. Every time i have approached them, they have continued to treat me with courtesy, respect and patience. Amar was indeed a very thorough and professional gentleman. He is very knowledgeable, corporative and engaging. He responded to my emails, calls and enquiries promptly. He was always reassuring. I could not have asked for a better Immigration service. I would recommend them over and over again for anyone looking for an immigration advice. They gave me a free immigration advice when i called them, and the quality of the advice was something other charge thousands for. If you need a particular, name, Amar would be it. He exemplifies, for me, the true, professional gentleman. He is a valuable asset to Reiss Edwards.
I am glad that i instructed Reiss Edwards on my visa matter. It started with a 20 minutes free immigration advice. I met with Amar to discuss my ILR refusal. He gave me a great deal of quality advice and decided to take on my messy case. I had doubts on the merits of my case by he was relatively convinced he could win it. That made me quite secure. To be honest, things did not start as quick as I would have wanted, but they kept on communicating the process and state of things to me.A big thank you to Verusha and Foram. They were also very helpful. Brilliant and informative. Their fee was fair and reasonable, especially if you compare them to other law firms and immigration law firms in London; some of whom even told me that i would not be able to get an indefinte leave to remain in this country. The process was long but was worth it. In the end, a big thank you to Reiss Edwards.
Investing over 2 million pounds is defintely not a routine decision. We had to make sure that the Tier 1 investor immigration lawyers that we'd be picking has to be one of the best within the Tier 1 investor category. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they were able to get us not only the Tier 1 investor visa but also suggested profitable investment portfolios in addition to what we already had in mind.
TI have just had British Citizenship application approved. Prior to making the application, i was not sure which law firm i should hire to facilitate the paperwork. After a few hours of research, i decided to go with Reiss Edwards and i must confess that i wasnt disappointed. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards handled my case well and they really knew what they were doing. They were fully aware of what documents I needed and it was easy for them to tell if my case was going to be easy or not. At the end of the day, I have not received my British citizenship within 3 months. If anyone is looking for a good immigration lawyer to handle thier case, contact Reiss Edwards.
My wife's spouse visa extension application was refused by the Home Office and they gave her 14 days to leave the country. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they said "OK don't worry we will sort this out". They put together the list of documents for me to obtain and they prepared a bundle which was as thick as the printer it came out from.We followed everything they asked us to do and in the end we won our appeal and got our spouse visa. We can't recommend them enough and we have promised ourselves never to make any more UK visa applications without them.
The team of lawyers at Reiss Edwards are very professional and friendly people. Their experience in and around UK immigration law is quite extensive; be sure that you application is in safe and competent hands. My immigration matter was an indefinite leave to remain application based on Tier 1 on a self-employment basis. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards made sure that the application was perfect and ready to be accepted. I got a positive decision and I recommend them highly for anyone who needs a UK immigration help.
I contacted Reiss Edwards to help me with my wife's UK settlement visa. They acted with utmost professionalism throughout the entire application. I spoke with Joe Dinh, he is an immigration solicitor and he is one of the best solicitors out there. He ensured that there was little to no room for error. At some point I thought he was over cautious. He remained calmed and continued to assure us on our immigration matter. Most people in his position would have panicked but he was calmed and continued to assure us. We received out positive outcome very quickly.
I have been using Reiss Edwards for three years now for my family's immigration application. Both for my initial application and extension. They are really affordable. The team of solicitors at this firm are probably one of the most efficient and economical in terms of cost. They offered free advice over the phone and spent good time with us before inviting us for consultation.
Reiss Edwards is a top notch immigration service company. The way they handled our documentation and also the list of documents they sent was efficient and top quality. They helped us professionally throughout the process. We are very happy with the immigration advice we received from the team. We highly recommend them.
I used Reiss Edwards immigration lawyers to assist with my immigration matter and that of my family. It was an EX1 application. They dealt with the matter properly and even when complications were coming up from the Home Office, they helped resolve the issue properly. They are very professional and are very popular in London. I am happy to have worked with them.
This is the only firm that i spoke with that didn't ask for money before listening to me, will be using them again.
I used Reiss Edwards for my Tier 2 visa application and it was successful. The team was ever present and happy to answer my question. The caseworker that dealing with my case went on holiday yet by case did not suffer one bit. Another lawyer stepped and took over the case without any hassle.
My Tier 1 Investor Visa was dealt with quickly and without issue. Would recommend Reiss Edwards as an Immigration law firm in London. Thank you to the team.
530 ReviewsREAD ALL REVIEWS