The Adult Dependent Relative visa (also referred to as the Adult Dependent visa or ADR visa) enables close family members from overseas who need to come to the UK to be cared for by a person settled here.
Contact our immigration lawyers for a free telephone consultation on 020 3744 2797 or complete our enquiry form to discuss your Adult Dependent Relative visa application.
The UK Adult Dependent Relative visa (also referred to as the Adult Dependent visa or ADR visa) enables close family members from overseas who need to come to the UK to be cared for by a person settled here. Reiss Edwards specialises in all types of dependant visas, including the Adult Dependent Relative visa, Dependant visa, and Child Dependant Visa.
In order to apply for a UK Adult Dependent visa, applicants must be located outside the UK and require long-term care from a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son, or daughter who lives on a permanent basis in the UK.
To qualify for a UK ADR visa, applicants must have a sponsoring relative in the UK who is 18 years or over and is either:
The applicant themselves must be a close relative of the UK based person; either their:
The ADR guidance states that where the applicant is the sponsor’s parent or grandparent, the applicant cannot be in a relationship with a partner. The only exception to this rule is if the partner is also the sponsor’s parent or grandparent, and they are also applying to come to the UK with them.
You can not bring your cousin, nephew, or niece to the UK on the Adult Dependent visa. This is because the family visa scheme, of which the UK ADR visa is part, is only open to immediate family members, including parents, children, grandchildren, and grandparents.
We recommend speaking to our specialist immigration solicitors who can advise on the immigration options for your cousin, nephew, or niece. Speak to our immigration lawyers for a free telephone consultation on 020 3744 2797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Home Office UK Adult Dependent Relative visa guidance details the requirements that must be met by applicants.
An eligible dependant relative is a person who:
For further details on each of these requirements, please see below.
The applicant must require long-term help with activities of daily living (e.g. washing, dressing, and cooking) due to their age, illness, or disability. As such, the evidence must be provided that they cannot carry out these daily tasks on their own.
The ADR guidance states that the need for long-term care may have arisen suddenly, perhaps due to illness or a serious accident, or as a result of a progressive decline in function.
To make a successful UK Adult Dependent Relative Visa application, applicants must not have a person near them who can “reasonably provide the required level of care”. This may include close family members such as a son, daughter, brother, sister, parent, grandchild, or grandparent. It may also include other family members, friends or neighbours, or other individuals such as a home-help, housekeeper, nurse, carer, or care or nursing home.
The guidance states that where they have more than one close family member where they live, those individuals may be able to pool their resources to provide the level of care needed.
Other considerations such as the circumstances of those who may be able to provide care and their willingness to do so will also be considered. Relevant cultural factors regarding care will also be taken into account.
As part of the ADR application process, the Home Office will want to be satisfied that the person who is coming to the UK to be cared for has access to suitable living accommodation which is owned or occupied exclusively by the sponsor. The Home Office will also want to be assured that adding another person to the household will not breach rules on overcrowding and public health.
Furthermore, the person providing care must have sufficient funds for at least 5 years to provide the required level of care without needing to access public funds.
Applicants must meet the suitability requirements for entry and leave in the UK. This means that their presence in the UK must be conducive to the public good. The Home Office will take into account factors such as the applicant’s conduct, character, associations, and criminal convictions. It is important that in the last seven years, the applicant has not been sentenced or convicted of any crime.
If you are unsure if you can sponsor your relative or if you are eligible to come to the UK as a relative needing care, speak to one of our immigration lawyers for a free telephone consultation on 020 3744 2797 or by email at email@example.com.
There are several steps when applying for an ADR visa, as follows:
The information you will need to provide with your application will depend on the circumstances, the nature of the relationship between the applicant and the UK based person, and the care needs, and may include:
It is important to understand that the UK Adult Dependent Relative visa is only issued in limited circumstances where all the above eligibility rules are met. This is why it is so important to provide plenty of evidence to support the application and to make it clear that there is a genuine need to come to the UK to be cared for by a close relative.
Our team of specialist immigration solicitors can prepare your application to ensure your best chance of success. If you need help to apply for an Adult Dependent Relative Visa, speak to our immigration lawyers on 020 3744 2797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adult Dependent visa fee in 2022 is £3,250 if you are applying in the UK and £1,048 if you are applying outside the UK.
Applicants may also need to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge (to provide access to the National Health Service – NHS). This is £624 per year.
In addition, applicants are required to pay a biometric fee of £19.20.
Applications for a UK ADR visa typically take in the region of 12 weeks to process. If an earlier decision is required, you may be able to use the super-priority service for an additional fee of £800 for a decision by the end of the next working day. Priority services are not available for all application types, but you will be advised when you apply if this is the case.
If your elderly Adult Dependent Relative visa is successful, you will be granted indefinite leave to remain and permitted to stay in the UK indefinitely for as long as required.
Adult Dependent Relatives visas are only issued in limited circumstances where all the above eligibility rules are met. Applications are often refused for a wide range of reasons, including where the Home Office considers that:
If your application is refused, your available options will be explained to you in your Home Office decision letter. Depending on the reasons for your refusal, you may have the right to:
Alternatively, it may be faster and easier to submit a fresh application that addresses the initial reasons for refusal.
If your application for an Adult Dependent Relative visa has been refused, our team of specialist immigration solicitors may challenge the decision and deal with the Home Office throughout the process on your behalf. Speak to our immigration lawyers for a free telephone consultation on 020 3744 2797 or by email at email@example.com.
1 GOV.UK: ADR visa application form online
2 GOV.UK: Appendix 1
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