Adult Dependent Visa for South Africans
If you are a South African citizen and you have some connection to the UK, you may wish to enter this country to spend some time with your friends and family. However, based on your circumstances and your rationale to enter the UK, you may need a visa.
If you are the parent, grandparent, sibling or adult child of a British citizen or a person holding settlement status in the UK, you can seek permission to reside in the UK.
Call us on 0333 220 4358 to find out more about the Adult Dependent Visa and all your options to travel from South Africa to the UK.
What is the UK Adult Dependent Visa for South Africans?
South African parent, grandparent and other adult family members of UK citizens or settled people can apply for an Adult Dependent Visa to join their family in the UK.
This permit is intended to allow applicants to offer long-term personal care to their relatives who are in need. To support your eligibility, you must provide an extensive bundle of documents with your family’s medical information records.
Successful applicants will be granted permission to stay in the UK for an unlimited period, as long as their relatives need their help.
What are the Dependent Visa requirements?
To apply for this visa and travel from South Africa to the UK, you must meet specific requirements. Most importantly, you must be able to prove that:
- Your relative who needs long-term care is a British citizen or holds Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You can provide extensive medical assistance to your relatives in the UK.
- The care your family needs is not available or affordable in the country you live (South Africa).
- You can support, accommodate, and care for your family without claiming public funds.
Do South Africans need a visa for the UK?
If you are travelling to the UK on a South African passport, you will need a visa to enter the United Kingdom.
When travelling to the UK, it is essential to have all your paperwork with you when arriving at the border controls.
If you are currently holding a UK visa for South Africans, you must always check that your permit is still valid and that all your information reported on your travel documents are correct.
How to apply for a Dependent Visa from South Africa
To apply for a UK Dependent Visa from South Africa, you can submit your application online.
Once your application fee has been paid, you can book an appoint at your nearest Visa Application Centre.
To make sure that your application is successful, you must prepare an extensive portfolio of supporting documents. You can get professional help from one of our immigration lawyers.
If your application is accepted, you will need to collect your passport and your Biometric Residence Card once you arrive in the UK.
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You may still have plenty of options to enter the UK, depending on why you want to travel to this country.
For example, if you are an experienced businessperson, you could consider the Innovator Visa. On the other hand, if you are willing to invest at least £2 million in UK businesses, you may be eligible for an Investor Visa.
Otherwise, if you have received a job offer from a British company, you can apply for a Tier 2 Visa.
Call us on 0333 305 9375 to discuss your case with one of our immigration lawyers. You will receive a detailed overview of all your options to enter the UK.
No, you are not required to sit an English Language Test If you wish to apply for an Adult Dependent Visa for South Africa nationals.
However, if you wish to apply for a different Family Visa, you may need to demonstrate your English proficiency.
If you are a South African national and you are under the age of 18, you can apply for a Dependent Child Visa to join your family in the UK.
To be eligible, you must not be leading an independent life nor being married or have formed an independent family unit.
To find out more about the UK Dependent Child Visa for South Africans, you can get in touch with our lawyers.
Yes, you can apply to support your family living in the UK if your relatives are in this country under humanitarian protection or as refugees.
You will be required to prove that you can provide adequate maintenance, accommodation and care for your dependant without relying on UK public funds.