Breytenbachs is glad to report that we recently managed to secure a successful visa for our 21-year-old disabled client. The child is the dependent of a Skilled Worker Visa applicant.
The Skilled Worker Visa rules state that a child can only apply as a dependent on his/her parents’ Skilled Worker Visa if the child is under the age of 18. If a child is 18 or older, then they must apply for a visa in their own right. E.g., an Ancestral Visa if they have a British-born grandparent. A Student Visa if they wish to study in the UK, or their own Skilled Worker Visa.
Breytenbachs submitted a discretionary application outside of the Immigration Rules, and the application was subsequently approved. Discretionary applications outside of the Immigration Rules are very high risk and the outcome can never be guaranteed. Breytenbachs are pleased that our application was successful.
Obtaining a visa for a child dependent older than 18 years is a difficult application, requiring extensive documentation and expertise. Fortunately, Breytenbachs has had several successful cases and is able to provide expert advice to clients in similar situations.
How to qualify as a Child Dependent of a Skilled Worker Visa Holder
For individuals seeking to join their parents in the UK, understanding the eligibility criteria and processes can be crucial. The UK offers provisions for child dependents of Skilled Worker Visa holders to apply to accompany their parent/parents. However, there are very strict requirements that these child applicants need to meet, including very specific financial requirements.
Children under 18 years old
Children below the age of 18 can qualify as dependents of Skilled Worker Visa holders if they meet certain criteria. They can be the biological or adopted child of the main visa holder.
Children over 18 years old
In the case of children aged 18 or older, the rules become more stringent. They must provide evidence that they have been completely dependent on their parent/parents prior to turning 18. Furthermore, that they are currently unable to financially support themselves due to specific circumstances such as disability or illness. Please note that a child 18 years or older currently studying and financially dependent on their parent/parents will, unfortunately, not qualify to apply under the discretionary route. However, Breytenbachs will look into all circumstances and advise accordingly.
How Breytenbachs can help you
To navigate these complex immigration applications, it is advisable to seek professional assistance. Breytenbachs specialise in UK immigration matters and can provide expert guidance to ensure your application is accurate and stands the best chance of success. Reuniting with family in the UK is a significant life event, and the process can be intricate, especially when it involves child dependents. Using a reputable immigration agency like Breytenbachs can simplify the process. We alleviate the stress associated with complex UK immigration matters. Contact us today.