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The Adult Dependant Relative visa is designed to enable adult relatives who need to be cared for to come to the UK to live with a qualifying relative who is living permanently in the UK.

Main requirements

Applicants for Adult Dependant Relative visas must demonstrate that:

  • They are dependent on a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is living in the UK;

  • They need long-term care to do everyday personal and household tasks (such as washing and cooking) because of illness, disability or age;

  • The care they need is not available or affordable in the country they live in; and

  • The person they will be joining in the UK will be able to support, accommodate and care for them without claiming public funds for at least five years.

  • The applicant must be unable to access the care needed in the country they are living in, even with the relative’s financial and practical help. The care needed can include a nursing home or a housekeeper.

The applicant will need to provide evidence of their relationship with the relative. Evidence will also need to be provided by a doctor or health professional regarding the applicant’s health and needs.

The applicant must provide evidence of why the care is not available in their home country, or provide evidence of their financial circumstances to demonstrate why the care is no longer affordable.

Applications under this category can only be made from outside of the UK. Applicants cannot switch into this category from within the UK.

The UK based relative must demonstrate that:

  • They are over 18 years old;

  • They own or solely occupy a property in the UK in which the applicant can be cared for;

  • They are a British citizen, are settled in the UK or have been granted asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK; and

  • They are financially able to support, accommodate and care for the applicant.

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