Your partner and children can apply to join you or to stay in the UK as your ‘dependents’ if they’re eligible.
A dependent partner or child is any of the following:
You must be able to prove that either:
Your partner and children must have a certain amount of money available to support themselves while they’re in the UK.
You’ll usually need to show proof of this when they apply, unless either:
If your partner or child is applying at a different time to you, they’ll only need to prove they have enough money to support themselves if they have been in the UK for less than 1 year.
As part of their application, your partner and children will need to prove their identity.
Once they’ve applied online, proved their identity and provided their documents, they’ll usually get a decision within 3 weeks.
They may be able to pay to get their visa faster or use other services depending on which country they’re in check with the visa application center.
Apply for your partner or child’s visa at the same time as you apply to extend or switch your own visa. This includes children who were born or have turned 18 during your stay.
Your partner or children cannot apply to switch to your Skilled Worker visa as your dependents if they are currently in the UK: