The dependant of a Tier 2 Sportsperson includes the migrant’s husband/wife, partner (civil, unmarried or same-sex), or child. Be advised that only children under the age of eighteen would be recognized as dependants under this immigration route. However child dependants who have become 18 in the country whilst under the PBS visa route will still qualify as dependants.
For entry clearance applications under this route, as a PBS dependant of a Tier 2 Sportsperson, both parties must be first and foremost over eighteen years old as at the date of the application.
Importantly, for child dependant applications under this route, the child must be under 18 years of age as at the date of the initial application. Note that for extension applications under this route, a child dependant may be over the age of 18 and still qualify as a child dependant provided that they were under 18 as at the time of their entry clearance application.
Except where an individual is currently on a visit visa, or on temporary admission or release, the immigration rules now allow persons to switch to the PBS Dependant of a Tier 2 Sportsperson in the UK.
Please note that applicants looking to switch into the Point Based System Dependant visa must be at least 18 years as at the time of the application. This however does not apply to child dependants who have to be under 18 to qualify as dependants in the United Kingdom.
Note also that for children who are dependants over the age of 18 may yet be seen as dependants if they became 18 in the UK while with a valid leave to remain as a PBS Dependant
If you are currently in the United Kingdom as a dependant of a Tier 2 Migrant you may be able to renew your PBS dependant visa under the same route in line with your sponsor.
Where an applicant has a valid leave to remain in the UK as a dependant of a Tier 2 sportsperson under the rules in place before 09-07-12, such an applicant would be able to make an ILR application after residing in the country for at least 2 years. A major factor here is that the sponsor must have been granted settlement in the UK or has just lodged an ILR application as a Tier 2 Sportsperson.
For applications under the rules in place after 09-07-12, dependants will have to wait for 5 years as dependants of Tier 2 sportsperson in order to qualify for settlement. Importantly, the main applicant (sponsor) must have either obtained settlement or is just lodging his/her ILR application.